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post #1 of 19 Old 10-25-2014, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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Ring sour/No trails?

How do I prevent my horse from getting bored in the arena/ring and not do trails (for reasons that can't be fixed, I've tried everything)? What are some fun exercises that keep a horse's mind busy and prevent them from getting bored in the arena? What kinds of things do you do with your horses to really make them think without it getting too boring? I haven't ridden him much yet but I'm afraid he'll get tired of it without any new things to do or see.

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post #2 of 19 Old 10-25-2014, 11:59 PM
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my instructor says change it up, changing directions/ speeds, go over the ground poles( I always spell them wrong so I will call them ground poles..lol), around the barrels, stop and back up.. just change it up every few minutes and it should keep them from getting bored

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The ground poles is a good idea, thanks!
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my instructor says change it up, changing directions/ speeds, go over the ground poles( I always spell them wrong so I will call them ground poles..lol), around the barrels, stop and back up.. just change it up every few minutes and it should keep them from getting bored
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do some serpentine , you could also just take him the arena/ring and brush him, so it is not always associated with work, if there are not a lot of people using it, let him have some turn out.
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post #5 of 19 Old 10-26-2014, 06:56 PM
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Agility, obstacles, teach your horse to play soccer with a fit ball, do some 'working equitation'... I'd go stir crazy being stuck in an arena myself, don't know how people enjoy the tedium, let alone the horses!
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Serpentines, figure eights, variation in speeds. I also like to teach new things in the arena. Like, teach a half halt and practice/teach a flying lead change. Make obstacle courses, perfect backing, work rollbacks, do half-halts.

Teach him how to do different things like long trot, shorten his stride, how to collect himself, and how to keep a right headset. Work SOME circles, but pretty much avoid them if you have to be in an arena ALL the time.

Also, teach him to sidepass, how to pivot (while your mounted), and how to move his back end from leg pressure.

Change it up, do lots of things, and keep him busy.
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What riding discipline are you pursuing?

* I'm often reading and posting from mobile and Siri loves to make a mockery of the English language.
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Some of the horses I get to ride are just needing a break from ring work. Anyone nearby (withing a couple hours) where you can send him for a couple weeks of "vacation?"
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^Or trailer out to trails?
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post #10 of 19 Old 10-27-2014, 03:59 AM Thread Starter
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Guys, I absolutely cannot do trails. He has a bad habit I cannot fix, I hired a trainer that is GREAT with horses. We've both tried everything we could. I do not want to talk about the issue because people will just say I have no control of him, he's getting away with what he wants, I need to earn respect, etc. Which is not the case, like I said he does this with everybody. He's perfect in the arena. He neck reins, gaits, lopes, walks, and stops whenever I ask him to, and stands for mounting and dismounting. It is NOT a respect issue. He was a dude ranch horse his entire life and has carried these habits for about 10 years and we've tried everything. Thank you so much for all the advice and tips on how to keep a horse busy! Definitely will be doing all of these with him.
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