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post #11 of 19 Old 10-27-2014, 06:32 AM
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The clarification indeed changes things. Big difference between being able to send a horse on a vacation and whatever issues one can have that makes it necessary to keep him so contained. Poor thing.
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He is a very happy horse. He lives in a big pasture with a pond, wood, and open field. There are six others just like it and all have creeks and wooded areas. If he feels like it, he can get some shade in the trees. He can be a horse and drink from a creek or the pond, both are filtered too and clean enough for humans to drink from. When the grass gets too low he's switched to one of the other pastures. He's in the pasture all week except for 2-4 days when I come to the barn and ride him, he's only with me for 3-4 hours on those days and only one of those hours is riding and then he's put back in the pasture. I actually consider him a very lucky horse and he does NOT have a hard life. Arena work isn't going to hurt him. He will be going on vacation for a month or two in February or March and I came here for advice because I really care about him and want to keep him from getting bored so we can both enjoy riding, not just me.
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The clarification indeed changes things. Big difference between being able to send a horse on a vacation and whatever issues one can have that makes it necessary to keep him so contained. Poor thing.
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post #13 of 19 Old 10-27-2014, 09:52 AM
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What happens if you ride him in his pasture?
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I tried riding him in the pasture lol and he took off! I was bareback this time, and I stayed on! This was my first bareback lope. I got him under control though, it just took me by surprise at first but I did stop him. I didn't let him get away with it. My trainer will be riding him 2-3 days a week instead of 1, I'm thinking he'll really improve. He was a dude ranch horse for years so of course he picked up on some things...
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Dont fall into the rail rider routine. Each ride is different and we use the center of the ring for work and the rail for relax. I may work trail today, western riding tomorrow, hms pattern pieces the day after. etc
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What's the rail rider routine?
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What's the rail rider routine?


Round and Round we go , where you stop on the rail nobody knows is what we call it. People who spend their ride stuck to a rail and have no idea what to do if there isnt one.
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If someone else is around see if there'd be some willingness to do a few games together. A favourite of mine is 4 barrels, two per rider, one at each end. Find six nice round stones about the size of a golf ball and place 3 on each nearest barrel. The game is to compete with each other by picking up a stone, racing to the other barrel and setting it down. If it falls off, the rider has to dismount, pick it up, remount then place on barrel then go for the second stone. The horses often perk up on the second run as they figure out how this works.



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Look up the activities you do for trail class events. They are a good way to keep your horse's mind busy and sharp in the ring.

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