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    09-25-2009, 01:11 PM
  #1
Foal
My horse is bored!

My horse gets bored easily. She also has a short attention span. If I run her around in the round pen for more than six or seven minutes she gets really bored and slows down (I get bored doing that too. :P). Sometimes I don't want to saddle her up if I don't have a lot of time. Other times I have her saddled up but I don't really know what to do. We've gone up into the hills behind her barn (It's fenced in so I can't go on for forever.) I can go into the National Forest, but sometimes I want to run her. Sometimes I go on the road, sometimes I go in the arena, but I don't know what to do with her in the arena besides going around and around. It's not big enough for a barrel pattern, and I don't have three barrels anyways.
I don't really have a relationship with her, which makes me very sad. Are there fun activities I could do with her to bond with her even if I don't have her saddled up? Are there different things I could with her in the arena when I do have her saddled up?
     
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    09-25-2009, 01:19 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Have you done lots of groundwork?? Grouundwork builds up a relationship very quickly. I recommend a rope halter for it. Also try riding her bareback, in and out. It requires alot of trust between horse and rider. And if the bareback goes well then you could even try bareback without a halter or bridle or any tack on!! It is fun and most horses seem to enjoy it!
     
    09-25-2009, 01:50 PM
  #3
Weanling
Lunging can be fun too. I'd look into the chris irwin games to find something fun. I'm guessing that you just ride to ride and don't show? But it doesn't mean you can't practice things like a trail course (back up in an L shape) or take ur barrels outside and try them out there. Good luck
     
    09-25-2009, 02:22 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by ridergirl23    
have you done lots of groundwork?? Grouundwork builds up a relationship very quickly. I recommend a rope halter for it. Also try riding her bareback, in and out. It requires alot of trust between horse and rider. And if the bareback goes well then you could even try bareback without a halter or bridle or any tack on!! It is fun and most horses seem to enjoy it!
I like bareback ok, but I can't seem to get my balance. I don't know if it's just practice or what. It's probably practice. And the last time I was riding bareback I fell off on the road and scraped myself all up. So I'm scared. And I don't really trust her since she's so headstrong!
     
    09-25-2009, 02:26 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by Flyinghigh12    
Lunging can be fun too. I'd look into the chris irwin games to find something fun. I'm guessing that you just ride to ride and don't show? But it doesn't mean you can't practice things like a trail course (back up in an L shape) or take ur barrels outside and try them out there. Good luck
Yes I want to get into barrel competitions but I can't take her anywhere because of her trailer problem! We do have a trail course. It's pretty small but I could work on that. Thanks!
The problem with taking barrels out is that our land isn't smooth since we're in the mountains. Gopher holes are a big problem and we have to be really careful!
     

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