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How to stay motivated
So, I've been really trying hard to become a half way decent rider. I finally found a trainer that I click with and feel like I'm making progress with. My problem is how to keep myself motivated when I'm riding on my own for practice. I get bored riding in the ring. I do work on figure eights, circles, transitions from walk, jog, trot, etc. I just find that I get frustrated because I feel like maybe I'm not doing something right or whatever, I don't know. I really enjoy trail riding and that's what I do a lot of but arena work is necessary, too. Any suggestions?
I have the same problem. If you have barrels, or pylons and poles, you could build yourself an obstacle course?
I get bored with an arena in less then 5 minutes myself. Have you tried just going outside to do the same thing? Really there is no reason why you can't practice the same things out in a field or on the trail.
If I can get a group to go riding with, I like to do certain exercises like what I call Assembly Line. Ride at the front for a few minutes and if the horse gets too fast or too slow, peel off and ride drag for a bit either slowing him down or making him speed up to catch up. Then another rider peels off and comes to the back and your horse eventually comes to the front again. Teaches him to rate his speed properly and also teaches him to ride comfortabley anywhere in the group so he isn't obnoxious.
I do serpentines all over a wide trail at the walk, trot, canter, practicing up and downward transitions and practicing lead changes. We back uphill and down (small ones to start) and then we ride out ahead and then circle back to rejoin the group before anyone gets anxious (teaches him to be able to go out by himself). Things like that.
I was once told that anytime you are working with a horse you are training him to do something. So keeping that in mind, I try to be creative about how we do our training.
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