Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Boredom and Hunger, I Get It!



It's winter.  We're all a little bored and extra hungry.  Apparently, so is my horse, Leah.

After a sour day, then a golden day, then another sour day (yesterday), I realized there was a common factor to the sour days.  Hunger.

I went out at about 2:00 pm each of the sour days--9:00 am on the golden day. 

Today, I put my theory to the test.  I went out to ride before work at 9:00 am.


It was such a beautiful day.  Sunny.  32 degrees.  I was up earlier witnessing the Super Blue Eclipsed Moon in all its glory--just a perfect morning.

Leah was feeling good, too.  She was definitely happier.  We worked on neck reining against the rail.  I laid the rein on her neck to ask for the turn, then added leg, then opposite rein.  She was getting it. 

But after a while, she did seem bored.  I decided to break it up for her and play the cone game.  We picked up the cone and took it to another barrel, sat it on the barrel, rode around and picked it up and took it back.  Then, we did it with her backing up around the barrels.

She liked it a lot. 


So yeah, I've got a bored horse on my hands.  I need to spice it up for her--and make sure she isn't hungry when we start our work.

9 comments:

  1. Huh. I thought the moon looked funny. Yeah, I'm always amazed by these people who saddle up and ride out at the crack of dawn before feeding their horses. I'm like, "And your horse doesn't try to run back to the barn the whole way? Or try to buck you off? Or snatch snacks along the trail?" My horses would be such butts if I rode them while they were hungry.

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    1. Yeah, I've never ridden a horse before it got breakfast. I am not that brave! But I guess if they're used to it, it may work.

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  2. Our herd is bored too. They just hang around and look miserable and eat all day. It's a good idea to mix things up to relieve the boredom.

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    1. I’m running out of ideas to spice it up. I need to get more creative and make an obstacle course out there, but also a JOB. Horses like to have a reason for doing work. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

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  3. Carmen was cranky tonight and I realized that it happens when the weather gets really cold.

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  4. I wonder if your mood is different at those different times, as well. I know mine differs, depending on the time of day/weather/situation & Koda feeds off it. I did a post a few years ago on boredom ideas for arena riding, sadly some links are broken now (Icelandic & Horse & Rider) wish I had copied the info for reference!! If you are interested, the reader responses are excellent and the gymkana link still works on my blog post (copy/paste) http://equineexpressions.blogspot.com/2014/01/indoor-riding-motivation.html

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    1. Thank you! I’ll check it out right now.

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  5. For Padre, it's gate practice we're up to after a ride lately.

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    1. Yeah, that’s always good. And I should be able to ride out soon. That will help.

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