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post #1 of 3 Old 12-08-2012, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Question What should I do with my new horse while I can't ride???

I just moved to a new house and my horse situation is sub par. I love having the horses at home but I don't have a barn. My horses are turned out all the time and they have access to a run in.
I just bought a three year old quarter horse and I can't wait to be able to ride him, but with rain for the last week it's kind of hard to work him at all. I have been grooming him and he is a big love bug. I already love him to pieces.
I plan on trailering him to our county fairgrounds to ride when it dires out a bit. In the mean time, what do you think I should do to bond with him better?

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post #2 of 3 Old 12-08-2012, 07:27 PM
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Ground work, ground work, ground work! Even in the wet, you can do plenty with him.

When my mare was retired due to age/health, our favourite thing to do was simply go for "walkies" on the lead rope. That's actually an awesome desensitizing exercise, because of all the random stuff you can introduce your new horse to.

That's how I desensitized Misty to motorbikes, ride on mowers, farm equipment, big metal drums, piles of random things that you just have lying around on your property... You can get your horse used to all these new things, so that when you start riding you don't need to worry about him spooking at them!

And general desensitization too, like introducing him to tarps, walking through puddles (amazing how many horses will prance around them instead of go through), plastic bags, just all sorts of stuff you don't expect them to be afraid of.

Desensitizing is a great way to bond, because when you're the one teaching your horse not to be afraid, he's likely to realise that you're not trying to hurt him and he can trust you.

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post #3 of 3 Old 12-08-2012, 07:38 PM
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I agree with Misty. For the first three months I owned Aires, I couldn't do anything but ground work. He was two at the time, so we went on trail walks. Because of all the different situations we encountered when we were out for our walks, I now have a coming 4yo that isn't afraid of anything. He loves investigating things most horses are terrified of. Mailboxes and trash cans are his favorite, but when we moved to our new barn, he pulled me over to investigate the riding lawn mower (had never seen one before) and became instant friends with the potbelly pig.
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