Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
• Horses: 0
You can teach a lot, just riding down the road and across the fields. I trained horses for years that way, before I even had an outdoor arena or round pen
Only thing it limits, esp at certain times of the year, is footing, and I have gone down simply by a green horse loosing his footing, loping in snow, hitting an icy patch
Never had time to lunge a green horse when we first started to raise horses. I was working full time in the lab, and had tow young children. I would wait for hubby to come home, and then ride that green horse out, over the fields, often coming home in the dark. You can really get them broke, riding out, and then easy to put other things on them, hauling to an arena now and then
I taught horses flying lead changes and good transitions, simply riding down our gravel road. Don`t need an arena to teach turn on forehand, turn on haunches, side pass or a spin or flying changes. Only thing I had to haul for, is once a horse was ready for a sliding stop. Found out that while they could slide on packed snow, even barefoot, the front feet would slide also, and that scared a horse, and rightly so! (me also, for that matter! )
I had poles in my pasture, so I could do L back throughs, side pass, jog overs, ect. I would go out in our winter hay field, and back around round bales- just us your imagination!