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post #1 of 6 Old 06-10-2012, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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What are some things that you have done when you don't have something available to you?

My most recent thing is an arena. When riding my mare, she's pretty spooky. I do have days that I just ride and we work on that, but other days I just want to ride without the constant jumpiness and snorting and blowing. When she is in an arena, she's great. She's comfortable, she's confident, and the ride is much more enjoyable; however, I don't have an arena. She doesn't need the dirt or the fencing, she just needs to see boundary. I used to ride her in this smaller square where three paddocks met, since there was fencing on three sides I guess it was enough but the area to ride in wasn't too big. I thought and thought, and knowing how she is about anything strange, I told my hubby "I'm going to draw an arena". I got a major eye roll and told that was the most ridiculous thing ever and lectured on how if I had a "real" horse this wouldn't even be an issue. He was ignored and I went out and bought some white spray paint. I now have my arena, outlined in white paint. I left an opening for a "gate" and put an orange cone on either side. I put an orange cone at each corner and then spaced some cones along the long length as a little extra visual. She was all snort and blow at first, but we walked it a few times and now she's an angel. I never cross over that white line, I only use the gate, and she has not once tried to cross it on her own. She doesn't spook, she acts like any other arena I've ever ridden her in. All I ask of hubby is to make sure the grass doesn't get overgrown and I touch it up every now and then with paint. I'd take a pic of it but it's nasty outside right now
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-10-2012, 08:14 PM
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That's so neat!! What a great idea :)

I've made obstacles out of pinecones before since we didn't have any cones at this one barn. And Sky didn't even try to run them over, I was impressed! We weaved the (pine) cones and even lunged around them without any issues.

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-10-2012, 08:23 PM
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When I couldn't find a curb chain for my bridle I used a piece of binder twine as a temporary replacement. Nothing as impressive as making my own arena.

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post #4 of 6 Old 06-10-2012, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, my arena has been my greatest accomplishment yet, lol. I've been asking for one forever, but we only have 13 acres and he doesn't want to sacrifice any grass or mess up his paddocks with an empty space, as he calls it.

Bailing twine is like the duct tape of the horse world, lol. I have made side reins, ties downs, curb straps, held tack together, made halters...I've even used it to ride once. At a place I boarded, my horse was WAY in the back pasture and I had to walk to him. I had the twine in my pocket so I could lead him back with it, but he couldn't see it like a halter and run away. I didn't feel like walking back to the barn so I just ran it through his mouth and I rode him back, Indian style. We've made jumps out of anything and everything you could imagine. I actually miss the days that I boarded, and the things we used to come up with!
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-10-2012, 11:57 PM
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I have noticed binder twine is very similar to duct tape. I've made a lot out of it too. The curb chain, attached a side rein with it, a lead rope, and a halter (which I never had to use, I just had to demonstrate that I could improvise a halter).

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-11-2012, 09:24 AM
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lots of horses refuse to cross white lines on the ground. Guess they think it is electric tape. Great idea.
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