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post #1 of 12 Old 11-27-2018, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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My Therapy and Advice!

I have recently gotten my first horse, after years of asking every Christmas and birthday. I am turning 18 tomorrow and I have spent about 5 years dealing with depression. I started medication and counseling about a year ago and I am doing better but I am not 100%. Being with my horse is the most amazing thing for me. Not only can I see a difference in my mood, but my parents and siblings have said they notice too. We call my mare my therapy horse because she is so good for me and I have done a lot of research on horse therapy. I am very limited on my riding space until I can get a trailer, but I love to ride. I am limited to a fast trot on my property, because of how little space I have to ride. I have plenty of wood and other supplies and I have been looking for things to build to make riding a little more fun. I have no clue what to start with though. My mare is a large quarter horse that used to be a team roper. As far as I know she has never been ridden in any other way except western pleasure. Any advice on what I can put together to make riding a little more interesting would be great!
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post #2 of 12 Old 11-27-2018, 03:21 PM
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congratulations on your new horse. I know that for me, teaching others about horses is very enjoyable. Could you teach your siblings about horses, and riding? I mean, just the basics, as you yourself are just getting started.
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post #3 of 12 Old 11-28-2018, 08:02 AM
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You could make a Bridge! Symbolism at it’s best!! Google jump standard patterns, and fasten a big piece of rope with a snap or a hook to practice opening and closing a gate. My neighbors have some lovely little “flower boxes” that you could use to back between or sidepass over.

Be sure and come back with pictures!! I am so happy your horse is helping!
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post #4 of 12 Old 11-28-2018, 10:59 AM
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There is a book called "101 Western Dressage Exercises" that has great ideas for setting up ground pole patterns. Don't be put off by the word "Dressage". You can order it from a book store or Amazon and return it if you don't find it helpful.

I love trotting.
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post #5 of 12 Old 11-28-2018, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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congratulations on your new horse. I know that for me, teaching others about horses is very enjoyable. Could you teach your siblings about horses, and riding? I mean, just the basics, as you yourself are just getting started.
I have been teaching my sister about how to care for her, but I do not yet trust this mare with my sister. she has special needs therefore we are very protective of her. My mare has thrown me twice in the few months I've been riding, so I will not let my sister ride until I'm 100% sure she will not rear or buck. I have been working on showing her how to groom and feed her, and I tell her about the science behind why we care for her. She loves being out there with me as much as I love it, and my mare loves her. I have been around horses pretty much my whole life, but I haven't ridden for a few years. I do love the idea of teaching her to ride, but until I get her out of the green broke stage, we will have to stick with care.
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post #6 of 12 Old 11-28-2018, 01:43 PM
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I think that's great. My horse is also my therapy, riding/horses in general is very therapeutic. If I have a crappy day, seeing my horse makes it all better. She also helps with my anxiety.

Maybe some ground poles? Those can be fun. :)
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post #7 of 12 Old 11-28-2018, 04:53 PM
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OP, you sound like a very sensible young person, who takes good care of her family and her horse. Well done, you!
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Congratulations on your first horse.
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post #9 of 12 Old 11-29-2018, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for the encouragement. I am looking at setting up some ground poles and working on that for a little bit. That you so much for all the ideas! As soon as she is safe enough for my sister I will begin teaching her to ride.
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post #10 of 12 Old 01-19-2019, 04:24 PM
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What a wonderful way to support your mental health and mood and congratulations on your horse! My 10 year old daughter participates in 4H and is presenting a speech next week about the benefits of horse back riding and equine therapy for mental health and physical disabilities. I love your post so much, I wondered if you would be OK with her using is as an anonymous quote for her speech. It is truly inspirational!!! All my best.
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