Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: North, way up North.
• Horses: 0
I'm not sure what stage of training your horse is at, but I take my green mare for walks around the neighborhood and on trails, so she gets used to seeing snowmoblies, dog mushers, vehicles, people, dogs, moose, etc. It's also nice to just get out for a walk when the footing to too bad to ride.
I longe her in different places along the way (an empty field, a clearing in the woods, my friend's yards, etc.) to get her used to working in lots of different settings. I only do this if the footing is decent, however, I don't require it to be perfect, since she needs to be sure-footed for her job.
I've also been looking into trick training (nothing too fancy) and I'm making sure that my horse will be as solid as possible with groundwork by the time spring rolls around, so I'm focusing a lot on that.
Maybe you could do things that physically involve your horse but don't require him to move around, like getting a solid bareback mount, etc. Or maybe make an obstacle course to lead him through?