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post #1 of 7 Old 04-11-2019, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Iím getting bored

When I agreed to take Teddy, I made a personal commitment to ride him at least twice a week in addition to a weekly lesson. This is because I felt like it wasnít right to take him and then let him get out of shape and out of training. Thatís been going pretty well. Several weeks ago, I learned that Pony hasnít been getting any rides aside from my once-a-week lesson on him. So I committed to riding him at least twice a week outside the lesson also.

Iím already starting to feel a little, I guess, bored with this. Yesterday I rode both of them. I rode Teddy for about 45 minutes in the arena, doing lots of ground poles, circles, serpentines, and mostly trotting. That sounds boring, and it was.

Then I rode Pony. I decided to ride him out in the field. That went fine for a few minutes, then we had some arguments about where we were going (donít worry, I won) and at what speed (also won). We went up and down a lot of little hills trotting and walking, to work on his muscles and endurance. Once he stopped fighting and settled down, it got kind of boring so we headed back. I let him canter on the way back (heís normally pretty pokey so that was fun). That was actually pretty useful, since heís easy to canter in the field Ė he has a small, smooth canter, I donít have to worry about what lead Iím on, and thereís no turn coming up to worry about. I spent the time thinking about and working on my seat, my hands, trying to get a better feel for the motion Ė that was great. Then we went into the ďoutdoorĒ arena (itís just a normal arena that has no fence) and cantered around a little, and he totally acted up, ducking out hard, cantering sideways, and then stopping and doing mini-rears when I got after him for the first stuff. So that was fun. I got him under control and we did a lot of trotting in circles and serpentines, tiny turns, all around all of the obstacles that were in the arena. He eventually settled down. And after some time of that I got bored and stopped. I guess all of that lasted maybe 35-40 minutes.

So obviously the second ride wasnít that boring, overall, but I still got bored by the end of it. I donít know, maybe it wasnít boredom, maybe it was just being tired of doing it? Or maybe thatís the same thing?

My question is, how can I keep putting rides on these guys and make it less boring for myself? Or make it more interesting/pleasant for myself? Because that ride on Pony was about half boring and half not boring, but I was still feeling bored by the end of it. FWIW I donít get bored in lessons with them, maybe because Iím often being asked to do new things and itís a challenge for me.
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-11-2019, 03:56 PM
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I would be bored also, riding in arenas and pastures. I love trail riding, and it's always fun with a companion. Find some interesting trails with hills and gullies, or some beautiful scenery. The horses like it so much better too. When by myself, it's nice to tune into the horse's mind and see what is going on in there. When with others, it's nice to catch up on news and swap stories and learn stuff.
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-11-2019, 04:04 PM
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I would be bored also, riding in arenas and pastures. I love trail riding, and it's always fun with a companion. Find some interesting trails with hills and gullies, or some beautiful scenery. The horses like it so much better too. When by myself, it's nice to tune into the horse's mind and see what is going on in there. When with others, it's nice to catch up on news and swap stories and learn stuff.

And you KNOW if she's bored, the horses are bored. :P


Likewise, I'd recommend trail riding if you can do it. It gives your horses something different to think about and makes them think with a different part of their brain, IMO, and it gives you both a very different, but no less thorough, workout.

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Some of the riding I do is boring. Shocks me that I can get bored riding. Never thought that would be possible. But if I'm not riding with a specific goal, it can become dull.

So, because the horses and I need it, I still ride. But if I have a couple that can be worked in a similar way I'll pony one. I may even saddle and bridle both and change halfway.

I have friends who listen to podcasts and music on their bluetooths to get through dull rides.

I work with some human athletes and remember a couple discussing how tedious staying in playing shape was. I never thought about that.

Just like humans, not everything a horse get to do is exciting. That is unrealistic. You just do it. I heard it said that commitment is the difference between a pro and a "player."
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I agree with knightrider and AtokaGhosthorse. You've been doing the same things over and over, unless you're in a lesson. Change it up, make it a challenge for you and the horses, they get bored with the same old things also...
There ain't nothing better than a nice trail ride with a few friends just enjoying the company and the scenery...

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The reason I don't do arena riding and riding in the pasture. I do trail riding right now only able to ride dirt roads. Have miles an miles of trails and lots of trail we haven't ridden yet.

Bored today it's thundering and lighting an snowing like mad wind whipping at 40 mph..
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Ah, you and I have the same "problem": The reason why I will never be able to play any instrument proficiently is the amount of repetitive practice involved in attaining mastery. By the time I ride Hamlet, I'm looking forward to a ride - it's not a chore. That's why it's so important for me that he lives with some buddies on a sufficiently big pasture - if he needs to stretch his legs, he can do so anytime.

Maybe you're also under-horsed. There are many warnings on HF against buying a horse too soon. I didn't have much of a choice in my acquiring Hamlet, and he is a reasonable challenge still (as my recent thread amply demonstrated), but I've also started to take weekly lessons on a real knucklehead: 6 years old, green broke, Arabian, described as "exciting moving athlete" in his current sales ad. I do plain walk-trot-canter lessons on him (just half an hour, plus all the cool-down time I want), and let me tell you - boring they are not. But they are also just once a week.

Personally, my biggest reservation against owning a horse was my fear of not being able to sustain my enthusiasm. History shows that I did start a number of hobbies that ultimately fell by the wayside because they didn't hold enough attraction for me.

So this is really multiple-choice:

(A) You need more exciting horses and/or more exciting activities
(B) You need to scale down your commitment so it's not a chore anymore
(C) You are losing interest in the activity, period.
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