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OUTSIDE THE ARENA
HOW TO KEEP YOUR HORSE ENGAGED &
LEARNING OUTSIDE OF THE ARENA
By Kevin Vesey
When horses come here for training we do our best to get them out of the arena a couple times a week. I have found that this helps improve the endurance on all ages of horses without boring them in the arena. I will cover 3 areas that can be improved upon while enjoying time outside the arena: Endurance, Rate and Steering.
When we have a solid stop on the horse, we start to move them outside the arena. These rides will usually cover 4-6 miles at a trot and lope. We ride them down our road ditches, section lines, fields in the fall or spring or any-where else that has fairly safe footing. These rides will be about 30-45 minutes long and always end by walking the last half mile to the yard. As endurance improves, the chance of injuries is minimized. The minimal mental stress on these rides also keep my horses fresh to eliminate bit chomping, tail wringing, and the bad attitude of a bored horse. Read more...