What do you do to keep your pleasure horse interested? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 15 Old 04-23-2010, 07:17 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: NEPA
Posts: 242
• Horses: 0
What do you do to keep your pleasure horse interested?

We all know western pleasure is ridden in the arena at the walk, jog and lope. I'd imagine for everyone this can get a little boring (heck, this is why my mom won't go to shows with me 'just to watch' hehe it's a horse lover thing I guess to enjoy watching shows, she wouldnt understand)

So when you ride at home what do YOU do to keep your pleasure horse practiced yet interested with his job?
IllComeALopin is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 15 Old 04-23-2010, 10:41 PM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Northern Wisconsin
Posts: 2,043
• Horses: 2

trail riding, dressage, barrel racing, etc. I want my pleasure horses to be able to do anything. I like doing dressage cause w/p horses get so used to walk, jog, lope, jog, walk that dressage switches things up for them an they have to listen to the rider and stop anticapating. =)

To see the wind's power, the rain's cleansing, and the sun's radiant life, one need only to look at the horse.
TheRoughrider21 is offline  
post #3 of 15 Old 04-24-2010, 08:23 AM
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 312
• Horses: 0
I like to ride in a snaffle once and awhile and do a lot of bending work and more forward rather than jog jog jog and lope lope lope lol.

I also like to make them all around horses, teach them trail, western riding, horsemanship, hunter under saddle, equitation. I think this way its not only exercises their mind and helps keep them from going sore in the show pen it also makes them broker. They get a chance to stretch out at a faster pace, even if they want to go slow I think its important to not always work at a trot and lope.
StylishK is offline  
post #4 of 15 Old 04-25-2010, 11:50 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Bonnieville, KY
Posts: 29
• Horses: 0
Trail ride, Trail ride, Trail ride. Works for sons pleasure horse.
Team Penner is offline  
post #5 of 15 Old 04-27-2010, 02:55 PM
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Ft. Worth, Texas
Posts: 277
• Horses: 2
In addition to trail rides, we also ride a lot of patterns and vary the pattern each time to keep it interesting.
Ridehorses99 is offline  
post #6 of 15 Old 04-27-2010, 03:20 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 3,406
• Horses: 0
I took mine over jumps, i rode trails alot, we did barrels a few times, some cow work even =] We even showed HUS for 3 months straight didnt even touch a western bit or western saddle to give him a break and let him have a bit of fun moving out. Once i put a western saddle back on him, he was 10x better then before. Just go have some fun =]
.Delete. is offline  
post #7 of 15 Old 04-27-2010, 03:36 PM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 21,985
• Horses: 7
we do trail obstacles, we bounce from english to western, we do stops and backs, sometimes we go down the driveway.... whatever. I always practice in a snaffle. I only use the harsher bits for show or in a lesson under supervision. I have soft hands but I still would rather not "ruin" my horse by doing something wrong.

"Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I love you
Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin knees get lazy
And love like crazy"
farmpony84 is online now  
post #8 of 15 Old 04-27-2010, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: NEPA
Posts: 242
• Horses: 0
I also trail ride a lot.

I'd like to do hunter under saddle and western pleasure so I use both tack depending on my mood. I only ride my horse in a sweet iron/copper inlay dee ring snaffle becuase he is a baby yet (three years old).

I also like to ride with freinds, becuase it lightens things up and keeps both of us in good spirits. We usually laugh and tell each other what stipud things are horses are doing lately.
My freind and I are night and day; I like to do the pleasurse classes, nice and slow plus many of times I still get down about my riding, thinking I'm not doing a good job and what not. My freind is a dare devil and loves speed, she does a lot od cow and gaming things and she's always positive about her abilities so she encourages me to let loose and run eveyr now and again and I remind her of the importance of collection and training

When I'm in the arena I never ride on the rail, I try to do figure 8's, tons of circles, and as many patterns and obsticals as I can think up.

When I'm all done for the day my horse LOVES a nice cool shower (just water, when its warm enough of course). I think it keeps him shiny, his coat healthy, and he enjoys it. After his shower, I let him get a good roll in the mud or the black arena sand, then he is really happy!
IllComeALopin is offline  
post #9 of 15 Old 05-05-2010, 07:35 PM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Redondo Beach, CA
Posts: 53
• Horses: 0
Do you have any poles you could lay out? You can make all sorts of patterns, and the horse always has to focus on where he is placing his feet, while at the same time paying attention to your cues.

I do trail class, and although it is often at a trot or lope, the horses never seem bored because the pattern is always different.
JenC is offline  
post #10 of 15 Old 05-09-2010, 01:08 PM
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 344
• Horses: 1
i always change it up a bit. somedays ill do wp, some days ill do ep, some days ill do trail, somedays ill go on trail rides...etc.

Western Pleasure-because I can handle perfection.
Western Pleasure-the best way to have fun<3
sorelhorse is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Would anyone be interested in drawing my horse?? VintageMatch Horse Artwork 24 08-18-2009 04:59 PM
Would anyone be interested in drawing my horse? lahorsewhisperer Horse Artwork 11 07-30-2009 05:53 PM
Potentially interested in this horse to maybe look into... kerplop Horse Riding Critique 12 12-16-2008 04:51 PM
Thought on this horse I'm interested in.. Harlee rides horses Horse Riding Critique 12 05-13-2008 12:48 PM
Horse im interested in....what do you rhink??? xoLivxo Horse Riding Critique 25 04-24-2008 04:16 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome