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melmotthecat1 02-05-2012 03:46 AM

Some fun games and activities I can do with my horse??
 
Hey, I was just wondering if anyone has some "games" or activities I can do with my mare on the ground apart from "the seven games"

also...
If anyone has an exersize plan they would like to share?

gypsygirl 02-05-2012 08:16 AM

what kind of exercise plan are you looking for ? as in undersaddle ?

melmotthecat1 02-05-2012 04:38 PM

Yeah sorry I should have mentioned that.
She used to be really fit and energetic but pony club season ended so we had a break I just want to get her back like that but I'm sick of riding around the suburbia everyday :/

Roperchick 02-05-2012 04:43 PM

well in the winter when we cant ride because of the ice, we take our horse ball out in the field and play soccer on the ground with our horses...they love playing with the ball and are very respectful of boundaries so its not too dangerous. and i dont know where your it if you can but i LOOOOOVE going swimming with my gelding.

melmotthecat1 02-05-2012 05:09 PM

Hahaha that soccer thing sounds fun! but there's no one to ride with at my paddock anymore.. and also, I live in Australia and winter is our pony club season... (it doesn't snow where I live).... so I can ride all year round.. If you wanna get heatstroke in summer at mid day.

Tianimalz 02-05-2012 05:16 PM

I like to take my horse jogging with me during the nicer months of the year :D I think it helps her keep seeing us as a "herd of two" when she has to follow my lead on the ground for longer periods of time, plus it's kind of funny to see the looks we get when I tell people "I'm out walking my horse today." :lol:

Another game I like to play is "follow the leader." I'll hold a piece of some food item I know she likes in my fist, let her sniff it and know its there, but she isn't allowed to have it until I say so. So she follows the hand, we'll do walking, jogging, backups, spins, and we just started more complicated things like bowing and stepping up on platforms. Be careful you don't teach them to be lippy or food eager though, I don't give the treat unless she is standing quietly and respectfully (looking with ears pricked and "asking" is okay, she just can't be lipping towards my hand). Though we've gotten to days when we don't need food anymore, makes it even more fun :D

Watching this thread, interested to see what other people do and maybe get some new ideas :D

Roperchick 02-05-2012 05:21 PM

so just play one on one! me and charlie would kick it back and forth......well i would kick it to him and he would just kinda kick it and suprise me with the direction....then stand there like..."go fetch mom! gosh i have to do all the work here"

loosie 02-05-2012 06:38 PM

Check out the 'what to do when not riding' thread.


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