Not every minute you spend with your horse has to be devoted to training or work. In fact, it’s a good idea to make time in your schedule for some “fun” activities that both of you can enjoy. Here are four ideas to help you get started.
Jump For Pure Joy
If your horse is one of those that simply LOVES to jump over almost
anything, set up a few jumps and go through the course for the pure joy
of it. Skip any serious jumps like walls or barrels, and instead, put a
post across some very low horse jump cups,
or even on the ground. Don’t worry about your form or clearing each
one perfectly. Instead, think of this as gym class – you are having fun,
socializing, and getting some exercise all at once.
Take a Trail Ride
You don’t have to head into a park, or even the woods, to take a
relaxed trail ride. Maybe you and your horse just want to take a stroll
down to the neighbor’s and back. That’s cool too. Just make sure the two
of you have a chance to bond over quality time together while taking
that fun and relaxed journey.
Play a Game
While you’re enjoying some downtime with your beloved equine pal, why not play a game?
Many horses enjoy specially designed toys, and some of them can do
double duty as training aids. If your horse seems hesitant at first, try
using a toy that dispenses treats. Food can be a huge motivator for
Make It a Spa Day
Seriously, what horse wouldn’t want to spend the afternoon being
pampered and groomed? Give your horse a bath if the weather is warm
enough, or simply use a dry shampoo and then start brushing. This can
help your horse maintain a healthy and beautiful coat no matter the
season. Just be prepared. As much as your horse might like getting
brushed, he may find the nearest patch of mud and roll once you let him