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post #1 of 7 Old 08-01-2014, 06:36 AM Thread Starter
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Keeping their minds occupied?

I am 14 weeks pregnant and rode like always. Unfortunately some complications set in and the doctor advised me not to ride anymore.

I have two horses and would like some ideas on how to keep their minds busy while I can't work them. Their pasture/paddock is not very big and I do not want them to get bored nor do I want their mental health to deteriorate. I think the two of them wouldn't mind being pasture puffs for another 6 months. I do take them for walks on the lead rope daily.
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-01-2014, 07:00 AM
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Can you free lunge or ground drive them? Ground work refreshers?

What about toys, like the amazing graze? Maybe a few apples hung from a rope on a free branch.
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-01-2014, 09:08 AM
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Clicker training, liberty training, trick training
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-02-2014, 11:09 PM
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Do you have someone else who lives with/near you who you can teach some horse training to? If your horses aren't very hard to handle, you can sit back and dictate training to another person and let them have a hands-on experience if you think they're a good candidate for horse training.
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post #5 of 7 Old 08-04-2014, 09:43 AM
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As for stall boredom (or if they're outside you can use a tree branch) you might try hanging a treat ball to keep them licking at it. Just position it so they can't trap it against something solid, because they will just stand there and eat it!
An exercise ball may also keep their feet moving, and the daily leading and lunging if you can do that, are also good ideas.
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This is a great opportunity to fine hone the ground work and begin liberty work with no halter and lead.

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post #7 of 7 Old 08-06-2014, 01:15 PM
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Congratulations =D

If you are able you can always lunge them, free jump them or do ground work. Some fun things to desensitize them to are tarps, exercise balls and plastic bags.

Also, you could offer them for co-board. This could make you some extra cash for all the baby gadgets =)
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