- Hang out with your horse: Although we always FEEL like we are hanging out with our horses, do you ever just sit and watch your horse in the pasture? If not YOU ARE MISSING OUT! Sometimes just sitting with your horse, with no particular agenda, is refreshing. You may find that your horse will come over and stand near you and enjoy this ‘do nothing’ time. Take a book if you find it hard to just sit.
- Find a treat your horse finds irresistible: Horse treats can be excellent for use in training, as a reward, or just because you love them! Take some time to try a couple different treats out to see which is your horse's favorite. Manna Pro has a complete line of horse treats from Apple Wafers to Senior Snax. CLICK HERE to check them out ! (we are quite sure your horses will enjoy all of them !)
- Teach your horse to ground tie: Having your horse know how to ground tie can come in VERY handy at almost any moment or situation (on the trail, in the arena while you put up a rail, and it is also a great opportunity to show off to your friends!) CLICK HERE to see how behavior training expert Sue De Laurentis teaches her horses to ground tie.
- Learn your horse’s normal vital signs: In a perfect world, nothing would ever happen to our equines! But we know at some point, something is bound to happen whether it is sickness or an injury. Determine what the normal horse vital signs are for your equine (check his temperature, heart rate, and how many breathes per second) when your horse is at ease and healthy so you have a base measure to compare to if your horse ever becomes sick or injured.
- Lead your horse to water: We all know the saying that you can "lead a horse to water, but you can't make them drink" but we bet you can lead a horse to water and let them play! Find a shallow creek and let them get wet! Most horses will walk in and paw the water and splash around, especially if it is a hot out! (be sure to take them to a SAFE water source! i.e. make sure it is not too deep, that it doesn't have sharp rocks, and that it isn't contaminated etc).
- Find your horse's sweet spot: Every horse has a favorite spot where they love to be scratched (sometimes their fav spot is every where :) ) Get out your horse grooming supplies and get to work! Not only will your horse feel relaxed, but grooming is essential for a healthy shiny coat. There are some neat products out there that we bet your horse with find irresistible, such as this massage roller curry!
- Teach your horse to come when called: Yes, thats right! If you can teach your dog to come, you can certainly teach your horse to come. Whether your horse is at the other side of the field or arena, getting your horse to come when called can come in handy. CLICK HERE for a how to video on how to teach your horse to come when called (YOU can do it!).
- Stretching: Stretching can be VERY beneficial not only for your horse's muscles but his mind. Learn some beneficial stretches you can teach your horse in this handy how-to video > CLICK HERE
- Work on those little problems: Does your horse do something that is a little annoying but you put up with it anyways? Spend a few minutes every day just working on this issue. If you have questions on how to correct it, ask an equine expert such as a local reputable horse trainer or your riding instructor.
- Build an obstacle course: What is more fun than doing a couple obstacle/trail courses with your horse every now and then? Start simple and add more difficult obstacles as time progresses. Horses tend to be generally curious, and usually enjoy new challenges and experiences. Add things to your courses that are similar to objects you may encounter on the trail such as branches/rails to go over, plastic bags, tarps, water, maybe even a hula hoop or two!
What else do you like to do with your horse other than riding? Share your ideas in the comments below!
Here are some other fun How-To Videos you and your horse are sure to enjoy! From crossing obstacles on the trail to learning how to open and close a gate while mounted:
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