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Horse Training Tips???
My mare and Ihave been doing much riding often. We do both disciplines, western and english, but I've noticed recently it's been a little boring, kinda justa workout. I want to make our workouts fun for me and/or my horse. Do you have any tips and options or games I could use to spice up our workouts. I do many workouts with Horselover77 and we've both agreed it's kinda boring. Any tips or advice?? Thanks,
Setting up an obstacle with barrels, pylons or poles. My course is ever changing.
If you have someone to ride with you, one game two students would play was each had two barrels at opposite ends of the arena. Be sure to leave room to turn around the barrel. Three rocks on the first barrel. You race against each other. Pick up a rock/stone and race for the upended barrel and set the rock down (easier said than done). If you miss or it bounces off you have to get it, mount up, place it then head for the first barrel to pick up another rock. The horses seem to enjoy it as they get competetive and want to out run each other.
King of the hill
ride 1/2 mile from home, then race back
I hope the one above is cruel humor -- racing "back home" does nothing but create a barn sour horse and a dangerous situation.
Obstacle courses can be your best friend... Create a "cowboy race," for example, where the horse is exposed to a little of everything (tarps, "bridges," water, etc.). Mix the pattern up a lot so it doesn't become "same ole," and you can time yourself and 'race' with your friend. And if you have access, a trail ride can prove to ease boredom.
Here's my personal favorite: It's called "Holy Sh--- are you OK??!!"
Here's how to play...Dress yer friend up in a hockey uniform with all the pads. Have them to stand behind yer horse. You'll have a lariat rope around yer horse's flanks, just dangling loose. When yer friend is ready, yank the rope tight and watch yer friend get double-barreled!!! Don't worry about liability issues, you'd be surprised at the beating a human body can withstand
I would not recommend this.
If you're bored, mix it up. If you're always in the ring, go ride in a field or go for a hack. Work on opening and closing gates while staying on your horse. Boredom comes from developing a routine when riding. Try to stay far away from routines, keep both your mind and your horse's mind always working.
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