Here's my list I'm titling--
WHAT TO DO WITH HORSES WHEN YOU HAVE A SORE BUM. (PLEASE SHARE YOUR OWN IDEAS IN COMMENTS. I NEED SUGGESTIONS.)
1. Practice standing ground tied while getting saddled or stand tied solid. (yesterday)
2. Driving in both bridle and halter.
3. Taking Long Walks together--today, in the fog.
4. Playing Simon Says. I choose how far I want her away from me, then I take one step, ask her to take one step. If she takes two, I back her one, if I walk a step backward, she should walk a step backward.
5. The Catch and Release Game. I've told you about this before. Walk up to all the horses, one at a time, halter them, then release them. Yesterday, my daughter went out to catch her horse, Cowgirl, and she ran from her over and over. I asked to take the lead rope and halter, and I took one step toward Cowgirl, and she turned and walked RIGHT to me. My daughter looked shocked. I told her it's very simple. I play catch and release every day. Horses really aren't that complicated. Play this game and you will be able to halter your horse anytime, anywhere.
6. Grooming--picking up feet, etc.
7. Trailer practice.
8. At Liberty heeding work.
9. Practice on the line transitioning to different gaits (I'm not doing that in the slick snow we have.)
10. Set up trail obstacles--tarps, poles, mazes/labyrinths, tires, etc.
The ice has been bad, and I've ordered myself some yaktrax, but I was more worried about the horses. I had a hard time sleeping one night thinking how I could reduce the danger in their turnout.
The idea I came up with--spreading their wasted hay over their walking paths.
I must say, it worked awesome!
The horses started walking along the grass paths immediately.
Necessity is the mother of invention.