"Other than riding" fun - The Horse Forum
 1Likes
  • 1 Post By star16
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 06-14-2013, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
Kmk
Foal
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 33
• Horses: 1
"Other than riding" fun

I went to get my horse from the field the other day and once he saw I was going to put his halter on him instead of just feed him he pretty much threw a temper tantrum because he thought I was going to work him, since that always means I am going to walk him to the barn, saddle him up, and ride him.
So I felt bad that he has the impression that the only thing I mean to him is either "food" or "work". The past couple days I've been taking him to the barn and just loving on him and playing with him, but I'm running out of ideas!
The first day I walked him over to the barn, brushed him, petted him all over, combed his mane and tail out, and hand grazed him before feeding and putting him up.
The second day I was planning on taking him on a walk down our trail, instead of riding and just letting him meander, but we had a bad storm come through which made the trail muddy and nasty, so I worked on teaching him a new trick. I read about "clicker training" and thought it would be fun. i taught him to touch the handle of the lunge whip when I say "touch it". Well he's pretty bright considering in about 20 minutes I could throw the whip on the ground and tell him to "touch it" and he'd walk over to where it was and touch his nose to the black handle.
So I'd like to teach him new tricks, or just play with him...something to keep the wheels in his head turning without it seeming like work.
Any ideas??
Kmk is offline  
post #2 of 7 Old 06-14-2013, 11:49 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Australia
Posts: 109
• Horses: 0
I think trick training is a great way to bond with your horse without working it :) I am teaching my horse to smile at the moment, it's actually really fun for both of us! There's heaps of different ways to teach them, I tickle his top lip and say, "smile!", rewarding him with a bit of carrot when he responds. Other methods are using an onion, or something else strange smelling.

You could also teach him to bow, my horse was taught this by his previous owners because its not only fun, but it also helps stretch out his muscles.
lovexlaugh is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 06-15-2013, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
Kmk
Foal
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 33
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by lovexlaugh View Post
I think trick training is a great way to bond with your horse without working it :) I am teaching my horse to smile at the moment, it's actually really fun for both of us! There's heaps of different ways to teach them, I tickle his top lip and say, "smile!", rewarding him with a bit of carrot when he responds. Other methods are using an onion, or something else strange smelling.

You could also teach him to bow, my horse was taught this by his previous owners because its not only fun, but it also helps stretch out his muscles.

That is a great idea to use an onion! I wanted to do that but couldn't figure out how. I will definitely have to try that!
Posted via Mobile Device
Kmk is offline  
post #4 of 7 Old 06-17-2013, 05:17 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 203
• Horses: 2
To keep my mare guessing I'll set up cones and make her walk different patterns through them. Its not much of a workout, but it keeps her guessing, which is good because she's really smart, like your horse- she knows when I'm going to work her, throws a fit, and is a perfect angel the rest of the time.
Kmk likes this.
star16 is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 06-17-2013, 05:20 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Riga, Latvia
Posts: 5,800
• Horses: 1
I often do sweet nothings with my gelding - walk him in-hand to the forest and let him bathe in our little lake, let him graze, teach him some tricks or just trot side by side with him. Sometimes I hide his feed bucket in the field and then lead him to it, sometimes I just spend some time with him and the rest of the herd in the pastures, following them around as they move, and resting as they rest. He seems to enjoy it a lot and is always eager to follow me

I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.
/James Wright/
Saranda is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 06-18-2013, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
Kmk
Foal
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 33
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by star16 View Post
To keep my mare guessing I'll set up cones and make her walk different patterns through them. Its not much of a workout, but it keeps her guessing, which is good because she's really smart, like your horse- she knows when I'm going to work her, throws a fit, and is a perfect angel the rest of the time.
It's funny, we have a two gate system to get out of the pasture and once he sees me come to the pasture he runs up expecting to get fed, and once he's in the first gate and sees there's no food he knows something's up and he will spin in circles, trying to get away from me, snort, just be a butt, but then as soon as the halter is on him he is as mellow as he can be.
Kmk is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 06-18-2013, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
Kmk
Foal
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 33
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Saranda View Post
I often do sweet nothings with my gelding - walk him in-hand to the forest and let him bathe in our little lake, let him graze, teach him some tricks or just trot side by side with him. Sometimes I hide his feed bucket in the field and then lead him to it, sometimes I just spend some time with him and the rest of the herd in the pastures, following them around as they move, and resting as they rest. He seems to enjoy it a lot and is always eager to follow me
I really like the idea of just hanging out with him in the pasture. I could just get a folding lawn chair and a book and move when they move. That would be nice :)
Kmk is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

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

Password:


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

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









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
Are trail rides "fun" or "work" for your horse? riccil0ve Horse Training 41 10-17-2009 07:28 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