Bored with the same old, same old, and looking for a change this summer?

If you are looking for something to do, or want to branch out into a new activity with your horse this summer, you may have just stumbled across the right article. It isn’t a very popular subject to discuss, but let’s face it, sometimes we just get bored with the same old, same old and I am sure our horses feel the same. If you are a competitor for a living, changing it up is probably not something on your list of priorities, however, there are a number of different ideas in the list below that you could try to give both your horse and yourself a bit of R & R time.

SUMMER WITH A DIFFERENT VIBE

Get a bunch of friends together and book a cabin somewhere that you can have your horse and go trail riding, preferably somewhere you have never been before. It’s a great way to catch up with everyone, take some time out and just enjoy riding your horse.
Do a dress-up photo shoot, pick a theme,invite your besties if you so wish, and dress your horses up too and just have fun with it. Not only should it be a great day, but you will have photos to last a lifetime.
Find a swimming hole if you don’t know of one already and start taking your horse for a swim, not only is this a form oftherapeutic exercise it is an ideal way for you and your pal to keep cool. If you’re on the road and competing regularly, finding facilities along the road that have this type of service, is a great way to give your horses' joints awell-deserved rest and maintain a level of fitness at the same time.
Wanting to try a new discipline? Why not book yourself into a Clinic with someone that is already competing in that genre and decide if it is something you want to pursue. In any case, if you decide that it isn’t for you, you will undoubtedly learn something new which always makes it worthwhile.
Join a local riding club, meet some new friends and go on some new adventures.
Teach yourself and your horse a trick. The list of possibilities is endless, and you can either research how to teach the trick on the internet with YouTube being an option, or you could catch twobirds at the same time and go to a local or nearby Clinic / come try day and learn from someone else first hand.
Create your own obstacle course at home and give your horse something new to think about. Already have an obstacle course? Why not change things up a bit, move objects around and introduce some new ones…

 

 

Obstacle courses or Cowboy/Extreme CowboyRacing as it is more commonly known is becoming increasingly popular all around the world. Developed by Texan clinician Craig Cameron, who is a Cowboy Hall ofFame Member, and his wife Dalene Cameron. The event was created on the thought to give “weekend” riders the opportunity to compete in horsemanship at a higher level through designed trails, resembling real-life challenge trails, that would test one's knowledge and sets of equestrian skills.
Pool noodles are a main feature and acost-effective, creative way to set up all sorts of different obstacles and area fantastic tool for desensitizing your horse. Soft, light and colorful,depending on how you set up your obstacles, there is very little chance of yourhorse hurting itself with a pool noodle, unless of course, they decide one istastier than it looks.
Here are some other ideas for building yourobstacle course:
·      Old tires filled up with dirt;
·      A wooden bridge;
·      Fake swimming hole;
·      Pool noodle maze;
·      Tarpaulin archway;
·      Pool noodle or pvc turnstile;
·      Pool noodle garden;
·      Sled drag;
·      Dollar store blow up pool toys;
·      Plastic bottle/pool noodle/streamercurtain.
You can utilize balloons, plastic bags,horse feed bags, streamers, bouncing balls, logs and whatever else you canthink of, you are only limited by your imagination.
Not only will you quite possibly have thetime of your life, but you can also improve your horsemanship skills, learn something new about yourself and your horse, help your horse overcome any fears it may have and so much more. Gallop on over to your favorite search engine today and check it out.

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