100 Things To Do With Your Horse

Spicing Up Your Horse Time

Sometimes we can fall into a rut with our horses. We can’t think of anything different to do so we do the same routine every time we are with our horses. But there are a lot of different things we can do with our horses that will strengthen the relationship. And some of these are under saddle, and some are from the ground. But hopefully you will find some inspiration from this list.

So if you are searching for something new to do with your horse, here are 100 different things you could do. And please remember to keep in mind safety! If you are doing any of the riding exercises, make sure to have on an approved riding helmet! And know your limitations, if you are not sure how to do something correctly, learn about it, practice on the ground before you attempt it under saddle.

100 Things To Do With Your Horse

  1. Hang out with your horse in his field
  2. Grooming (brushing)
  3. Picking out his feet
  4. Practice saddling, and then don’t ride
  5. Getting him used to being sprayed, like fly spray shine spray, etc.
  6. Clip his bridle path
  7. Practice bridling and unbridling
  8. Take him for a walk (like you would a dog)100 Things To Do With Your Horse
  9. Work on backing up (in hand)
  10. Teach him to move away from pressure (in hand)
  11. From the ground, walk a dressage pattern
  12. Take your horse for a jog
  13. Lunging both directions, and moving all around the arena
  14. Backing up over a ground pole (in hand)
  15. Backing a pattern (in hand)
  16. Walking up and down hills
  17. Practicing mounting and having your horse stand still100 Things To Do With Your Horse
  18. Work on inside rein, outside leg in the arena, on the trail, wherever!
  19. Ride in a two point position and see how long you can do it
  20. Practice a three point position and see how long you can do it
  21. Perfect your sitting trot
  22. Practice rising trot
  23. Learn how to feel the correct diagonal while in rising trot
  24. Drop and pick up your stirrups without looking down
  25. Walk without stirrups
  26. Trot without stirrups
  27. Two point without stirrups
  28. Canter on your horse
  29. Learn how to counter canter
  30. Learn how to do a flying lead change
  31. Walk to canter transition
  32. Practice half halts
  33. Practice a side pass, both directions
  34. Go for a trail ride100 Things To Do With Your Horse
  35. Walk your horse over ground poles
  36. Learn how to do a shoulder in
  37. Learn how to do a shoulder out
  38. Practice walking a straight line
  39. Trot a perfect circle
  40. Canter a perfect circle
  41. Give your horse a bath
  42. Teach your horse to smile
  43. Teach your horse to bow
  44. Find a horsemanship pattern, and practice it
  45. Ride an introductory dressage test
  46. Build a gymnastic, and jump it100 Things To Do With Your Horse
  47. Ride bareback
  48. Learn how to do a turn on the forehand
  49. Learn how to do a turn on the haunches
  50. Ride a regular serpentine pattern
  51. Practice sitting on your horse at the halt
  52. Spiral in on a circle
  53. Give your horse a massage
  54. Braid (or band) your horses mane100 Things To Do With Your Horse
  55. Ride to music
  56. Ride for 15 minutes longer than you normally do
  57. Lunge over ground poles
  58. Lunge over a small jump or cavaletti
  59. Desensitize your horse to a plastic bag
  60. Desensitize your horse to a tarp (or a water jump)
  61. Try to touch your toes while in the saddle
  62. Learn how to ground drive your horse
  63. Ride a cloverleaf barrel pattern
  64. Get your horse to bend without using your reins
  65. Back your horse in a circle
  66. Check your horses pulse, and temperature
  67. Open and close a gate while mounted
  68. Ride with a neck rope
  69. Teach your horse to lower his head for haltering and bridling
  70. Video record your ride, and then watch it
  71. Have a photography session with your horse and actually print and hang a photo100 Things To Do With Your Horse
  72. Ride a reining pattern
  73. Drag your arena, and then work your horse creating fun patterns
  74. Have someone lunge you and your horse
  75. Practice loading and unloading your horse into a trailer without going anywhere
  76. Learn how to apply polo wraps
  77. Practice putting boots on your horses legs
  78. Jump a small jump without stirrups
  79. Remove your stirrups from your saddle for your ride
  80. Ride your horse to your mailbox
  81. Try riding a different discipline
  82. Ride through water
  83. Have a complete spa day with your horse (not just grooming)
  84. Try riding bitless
  85. Make a costume for your horse100 things to do with your horse
  86. Take a professional lesson with your horse (online)
  87. Groom like you are going to a horse show
  88. Make homemade horse treats for your horse
  89. Hand graze your horse
  90. Find his favorite itching spot
  91. Film your ride and have a friend critique it
  92. Ride on a loose rein, let your horse decide where to go (in the arena of course)
  93. Trot a figure 8 pattern
  94. Make or buy a toy for your horse
  95. Teach your horse the Spanish walk
  96. Take your horse to a local online horse show
  97. Teach your horse to come when called
  98. Teach your horse different stretches
  99. Learn how to braid his tail
  100. Give your horse a hug100 Things To Do With Your Horse

There Is Always Something New To Do

Can you think of anything else that you can do with your horse? I’m sure you can! The main reason I decided to come up with this list is because I still have a week and a half to go before I can ride my horses. But that doesn’t mean I have to stay away from the barn! There are a lot of things to do that don’t include riding. I have been doing a lot of these things with my horses right now, while I can’t ride. My goal is that when I can mount up, the ride should be pretty uneventful, This is because I have been working with my horses every single day since I was given the ok to do so from my surgeon.

And the best thing is I don’t feel slighted, or that I have missed anything since I haven’t been riding. In fact, I feel the complete opposite. I have been able to spend so much time with my horses, and bonding with them on the ground. Not being able to ride has probably been the best thing that could have happened. Because I have had 6 weeks to really bond with my horses, and develop a much deeper relationship with both of them.


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