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Keeping a horse busy whilst schooling
My horse Apache has been at my friends house for training the last couple of weeks. There wasn't a lot to do but she feels he is good now but I still need to improve myself. He will be coming home and I will continue getting lessons when I can.
My problem now is I already know he gets bored easily when schooling but it wasn't until I started riding him again under her instruction that I realised just how much you have to do to keep him interested.
I won't get to see my friend as often as what I have the last couple of weeks and when Apache is home I'm going to be riding by myself.
I was told basically keep changing bend, transitions, shoulder in, haunches in, sidepassing. I have to keep changing what we're doing every couple of strides. My problem is I'm still getting the hang of asking for some stuff without confusng the horse, Apache is still gaining muscle after time off and learning some of this stuff.
He is stiff and still getting the hang of shoulder in, haunches in, sidepassing at the walk. My question being what can I do during an hour ride without pushing him too far but still keeping him busy? Since he is still gaining fitness etc.
I wasn't thinking about this when I was at her place a few days ago and I'm not sure when I'll get the chance to really talk to her about it. I'm used to riding my other horse who will go around doing the same thing for ages until you tell him to change. I hope you understand what I'm asking and don't just get confused.
I would ride him doing figure eights, serpentines, around poles or cones, over rails on the ground.....this will help keep his mind busy having to pay attention to his feet and won't be so boring.....
Thanks it must sound like a silly question, I've never really thought about this before. So if I had all this set up in the paddock would I have to continually do transitions etc whilst going around cone patterns and going over rails on the ground? or could I be trotting around some cones then trot over a rail on the ground? Would that count as changing what I'm doing or would I have to do other stuff in between this?
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