View Full Version : What "non HJ" things have you done with your horse?

Nov. 6, 2011, 01:01 AM
Hi all, just wondering.... As for me, in addition to the standard arena work wtc, lateral, gymnastics and jumping. My girl has done some cattle work (team sorting), attended a buffalo round up in Utah, and done lots of trail riding. In addition to the standard english classes, we also show in trail classes. Now we are going to try something completely different.... drill team. Crazy ain't it? Will have to ride around in a western saddle, carrying a flag, with only one hand on the reins!!! This is what we are going to try for our first drill, I almost have the girl flag broke!!! Given that she is an excitable OTTB and I will only have one hand on the reins, I may need to use a stronger bit than the french link!


Nov. 6, 2011, 01:15 AM
My OTTB and I :


I've showed my horse in Halter :) and am considering riding him in western tack one of these days.

Nov. 6, 2011, 03:04 AM
Not with my own horse (since I don't own!) but I went fox hunting on one of my Coach's sale horses. I am now a proud member of the Genesee Valley Hunt Club.

(Does hunting count as non-hunter/jumper?)

Nov. 6, 2011, 03:26 AM
hunting, "cattle work" (ok we chased cows around..), i do lots of trail riding and work outside of the arena. i've competed in games western (however not on one of my own) and I take dressage lessons.. if that counts.

Small Change
Nov. 6, 2011, 06:50 AM
I know I've posted this picture before, but I'll inflict it on you all again. I taught my little grey to go without tack (https://fbcdn-photos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/5860_127408771210_598196210_3448222_1367638_a.jpg) (I left my saddle on here as we're hopping through a line of bounces). I'd hack him out with nothing more than a lead rope around his neck too, which was only on there to hang onto him with if we needed to stop somewhere. He'd go through the woods, across the creek, and even hop the cross country fences with no tack. Silly maybe, but an incredible feeling to know he trusted me that much nonetheless!

All of my H/J horses hack out extensively, most have done hunter paces, and all like to bounce around cross country courses to get some work over fences outside the ring.

Nov. 6, 2011, 08:45 AM
My horse has started going cross-country schooling. He's brave in the ring but still unsure of some of the XC obstacles. I'm suring in the long run getting out will be good for his overall confidence (and mine). Water, up banks and ditches are going well, but he is not lovin' the down bank. He doesn't get the question yet. I've also schooled some dressage tests, and would love to go to a dressage schooling series in the future. I ride him sidesaddle.

Team penning sounds fun. I'm not sure where I could do that around here or what my horse would think. He seems ok with cows, but being in a fence with them chasing them around might be a different story!

Nov. 6, 2011, 10:29 AM
Trail rides and dressage lessons. I think the drill team sounds like a really fun idea for cross training. You could incorporate leg yield and shoulder in... Thanks for that great idea--I'm going to see if my barn would like to try it this winter in the indoor. :)

Nov. 6, 2011, 10:55 AM
XC, drill team with my old horse (so much fun!), foxhunts with my old horse. hoping to do the same with my new girl. we've started on XC. she seems to really enjoy herself.

Nov. 6, 2011, 11:08 AM
I've done a lot of non H/J things with my boy. We do quite a bit of trail riding. We've gone swimming at the beach twice now. I've done a hunter pace with him (and was going to do two more but they were cancelled due to weather). I've gone to several gymkhana shows. I am trying to start some true dressage (although his dressage basics are quite solid).

I have yet to work cattle with him but I think tat would be fun. I would like to ride him western but that would involve me finding a western saddle that is comfortable enough for me to sit in.

Nov. 6, 2011, 12:38 PM
My past h/j mare did a bit of everything. Took the school kids thru the x-rail and up hunters, packed them thru the 2'6" jumpers, evented with me to training level and 1.0m jumpers, team penned, cattle sorted, trail rode, drove (competed battle of the breeds at Spruce Meadows one year in the driving!) could jump courses bareback and bridleless, could bow and smile on command. She was quite special. Sold her to the most marvelous family when my comittment to my new guy didn't allow me to spoil her like she deserved. She may not have been the fanciest big jumper/winner but couldn't beat her out for the amount of try she had.

New guy is pretty spectacular, will certainly be more of a competitive horse then my mare- just not quite as versatile!

Nov. 6, 2011, 12:46 PM
My past h/j mare did a bit of everything. Took the school kids thru the x-rail and up hunters, packed them thru the 2'6" jumpers, evented with me to training level and 1.0m jumpers, team penned, cattle sorted, trail rode, drove (competed battle of the breeds at Spruce Meadows one year in the driving!) could jump courses bareback and bridleless, could bow and smile on command. She was quite special. Sold her to the most marvelous family when my comittment to my new guy didn't allow me to spoil her like she deserved. She may not have been the fanciest big jumper/winner but couldn't beat her out for the amount of try she had.

New guy is pretty spectacular, will certainly be more of a competitive horse then my mare- just not quite as versatile!

Any pics of her smiling? :)

Nov. 6, 2011, 12:51 PM
I don't have my own horse but at horse camp last year we all got to ride horses and do real pony games. Except we trotted and cantered everything... not gallop. ;) It was really entertaining and difficult! Of coarse everyone who rode a big horse had to draw pony names out of a hat and ride that pony. I ended up getting a crazy little black mare that just wanted nothing to do with the games, so the lady let me ride her little green chincoteague pony & he was SO CUTE.

Nov. 6, 2011, 01:08 PM
rwh- some smiles for you! She was a goof about it, especially on lesson days when the kids were around as she soon realized that she could get heaps and heaps and heaps of treats if she smiled at the kids when they walked by.



Nov. 6, 2011, 01:44 PM
I forgot to add a couple.. I've done xc schooling with all of mine, as well as swimming, and my pony smiles too event_ryder!

I really really want to go on a hunt. Next on my list!

Nov. 6, 2011, 01:49 PM
Cross country schooling... lots and lots of trail riding. I played a game called "wild mustang round up" where I would get on bareback and chase my others around... lol. Taught the big mare (rip) some major steering! I've also "observed" cows and miniature horses :P

Nov. 6, 2011, 02:45 PM
I've done Team Penning and some gaming events on my horse. Just for fun, he's not the quickest but he loves it so who cares.

Nov. 7, 2011, 04:23 PM
I took my OTTB mare horse camping at Gettysburg National Military Park. The campground there is really set up well for horse camping with stalls, paddocks, and warm-up rings, so it was kind of like an overnight show with a long trail ride instead of H/J classes, but I would like to do some "real" horse-camping in more rustic areas with the western QH people when I have the time.

Nov. 7, 2011, 05:36 PM
My six year old dutch jumper mare with my boyfriend warming up to go on a trail ride.

On a normal day with me (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150355434094382&set=a.10150355433704382.371508.52119554381&type=3&theater)
Trotting (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150368526714382&set=a.10150368523539382.374279.52119554381&type=3&theater)
I had to give it a go (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150368527874382&set=a.10150368523539382.374279.52119554381&type=3&theater)
Looking at himself in the mirror (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150294871659382&set=a.10150294870689382.357704.52119554381&type=3&theater)

Nov. 7, 2011, 05:55 PM
Here's my hunter begin a hunter:
And here are some of the other things we do:
http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/photo/2818310430043029495jEfsQP ----> This was trail riding in Big South Fork and it was the best vacation ever! I would totally recommend any horse person to trailer out there, rent a cabin and go riding.

Nov. 7, 2011, 06:16 PM
^^^ Your feet aren't wearing helmets!

Moving on.

Better believe Broke Hunter does some other stuff:

Ride turnback for the cutting horse people.
Hunter pace (winning the non-member prize for closest time).
Trail trials (judged trail rides with weird obstacles).
Trials and whatever happens out there.
Versatility-- 2 western and 2 English classes all rolled into one. We had a great time.

Nov. 7, 2011, 06:17 PM
Lol, those were during the days when I was testing natural selection ;) My feet (and head :lol:) are much better protected these days!

Nov. 7, 2011, 06:51 PM
I had intentions of making Maddy a hunter but she didn't have all the stride for it so she is now a pasture pet/trail horse BUT we did lots of things. She was def my heart horse! We went to rodeos, gymkhanas, ropings, trail rides (even through water), schooling shows and of course hacked :)

Some pictures:




Nov. 7, 2011, 08:10 PM
My mare and I have played polo, schooled cross country, take dressage lessons, have done western gaming, trail ride everywhere, did drill team for two summers, ridden in multiple parades and go swimming in the summer! I want to do point to point and fox hunting with her as well, she was said to do that with a past owner. She loves to do her hunter/jumper stuff, but we kinda do whatever we have a whim to do. She is my best friend and adventure buddy!

Nov. 7, 2011, 10:04 PM
My mare Missy is a pretty special girl. She is a 6 yr. old Argentine polo pony. During season, she is my best polo pony and we play polo 3 times a week. During the off season, we show in the hunters each weekend. She also recently proved to be quite the trail horse when I took her riding in the mountains. She is a really incredible mare and I am so thankful to have her.

here we are playing polo
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http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y155/agfrider/320053_2143825286219_1563840056_32292380_587955781 _n.jpg

at a hunter show (still rockin the polo mane haha)

in the mountains

at home, giving her kisses :)
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y155/agfrider/321254_2472878352340_1563840056_32660338_110850690 _n.jpg

Nov. 7, 2011, 10:30 PM
My jumper is a hard-core trail horse! When I got him two years ago, he'd lived his life going from show to show and was pretty unflappable - until he got into open spaces. He'd look around with this sense of awe that was pretty funny. When I started college, he adapted pretty quickly to our trails (and the cattle), and now he's a pro no matter where we go. He's crossed creeks, scaled hillsides, climbed over obstacles, etc. He seems to love it, and especially enjoys going for long canters out in the middle of nowhere. It really keeps both his mind and body fresh and fit. The best part is that I can jump a 4' course (complete with his typical bucking exuberance) and then walk a loop on the trails on a loose rein - it totally relaxes him.

Here are some of our favorite views:
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Nov. 7, 2011, 10:40 PM
My old hunter fox hunted, did jumpers, did trail classes (not with me but was apparently good at it), and did drill team.

new hunter...errr we have galloped around outside and jumped logs. does that count? we go on big trails.

ex-racer owner
Nov. 7, 2011, 11:42 PM
A judged trailride. We came in dead last, but had a great time!:lol:

Nov. 7, 2011, 11:53 PM
I have done some cross country, taking some dressage lessons and trail ride (with and without a saddle) she is fantastic on trail rides. I have taken her to the state park with some friends and have a nice hack out on the trails. She absolutely loves it and so do I.

Nov. 8, 2011, 01:02 AM
Only trail rides and dressage lessons. I've been thinking about doing some western trail classes that are held at my barn with my WB where they go over the bridges and stuff. At my barn all the trail class stuff set up in the western arena and sometimes I go through the obstacle course. My horse doesn't bat an eye at it even though as far as I know he has never done that stuff before... ever. He could probably kick some western horses butt who have been doing it forever. lol. My new trainer is a three day eventer so maybe one day we will head that direction too.

Cabaret SK
Nov. 8, 2011, 01:55 AM
We trail ride, and over the course of the summer we showed trail, dressage, & saddle seat (plus hunters & flats). In the past, we've tried showmanship, and we attempted a halter class at one show this summer. I've ridden him western before, too.

Nov. 8, 2011, 02:18 AM
I was always curious to see what others did with their hunter/jumpers!

My mare is my A level Pony Club horse, we've evented/done pony club rally, lots of dressage (working 3rd level now, much to her displeasure!), done tons of games (gymkhana sort of things), I cannot count the hours we have trail ridden, cattle sorted, done some western work, I'm in the process of teaching her to neckrein... my own version anyways... lots of swimming - loves it so much she's dunked her head under before, taught my boyfriend how to ride, she's mastered the team of two 'final jump' and she's a champion 1.0m jumper (could easily win higher just don't have any classes :( won the 6 bar too!) oh and we did a parade too! she did not like the railroad tracks we had to cross though...

Nov. 8, 2011, 02:40 AM
My TB mare trail rides a ton, even swimming and camping. We do a yearly Christmas parade with the riding club I belong to. We have tried barrel racing and pole bending.She's really good at the tight turns, but very slow...hehe. We recently did a team penning clinic and she was great, waded right into the herd to cut out the cattle. She was also good about going into the pen to get the cattle out. We have done a few combined tests(very low level), a few hunter paces, fox hunted, judged trail rides.
Swimming/beach-(we're in the center)http://www.flickr.com/photos/simbalism/6213432295/
being a hunter- http://www.flickr.com/photos/simbalism/3129854891/
trail riding- http://www.flickr.com/photos/simbalism/2965810439/
foxhunting- http://www.flickr.com/photos/simbalism/4114054305/
camping- http://www.flickr.com/photos/simbalism/3565389077/
team penning- http://www.flickr.com/photos/simbalism/4400409157/
parading- http://www.flickr.com/photos/simbalism/4132619751/

Nov. 8, 2011, 10:15 AM
A judged trailride. We came in dead last, but had a great time!:lol:

Sounds like the time I showed in a Western Pleasure class with my hunter!

Nov. 8, 2011, 10:20 AM
Very impressive Simbalism! I think doing lots of different things is so good for them! And us too!

Nov. 8, 2011, 10:41 AM
My OTTB and I :


I've showed my horse in Halter :) and am considering riding him in western tack one of these days.

I dig it

Nov. 10, 2011, 01:47 AM

Nov. 10, 2011, 08:14 AM
He turned into an eventer this year, but my former H/J OTTB has also done barrel racing, competitive trail riding, and--thanks to my 100% western SO--he now knows all about roping.

Nov. 10, 2011, 09:09 AM
Two of mine have done everything except vaulting. Endurance & competitive trail, eventing, dressage, both are trained to drive & have pulled carts and sleighs, western speed (barrel racing & pole bending, mostly), western pleasure, reining, team penning, rescue race, and that's all I can think of now.
Let me tell you, these skills (especially the western speed) come in handy at holiday parties for the games. :)

My youngster has schooled cross country and boarded with endurance horses for a few months so I could expose him to the trails. I've been slowly working up to driving with ground driving but I don't have a harness that fits him (he's 17h, my other 2 are 14.3h). And I have plans to throw my western saddle on him this winter. :)

Nov. 10, 2011, 10:03 AM
Besides being a hunter or a jumper..

Oh heck I do EVERYTHING with my horse! Hunter Pace, Trail, dressage, bareback all over, I have even shown my English horse is GASP Western halter classes (where he kicks ass btw) ;)

There is so much more out there to do with your horse then jumping and horse shows!!

Nov. 10, 2011, 10:11 AM
When my 4' mare was ready for semi retirement we did a lot of super fun things with her from cattle penning, to barrel racing. At 23 she won a year end barrel racing year end highpoint lol she absolutely loved it! It was such an awesome break from the stresses of showing and a huge rush!

Nov. 10, 2011, 10:49 AM
My old gelding that I had before my Irish horse. I did everything with him. I trail rode him, did trail classes, OPRC rally, barrel racing (he LOVED getting it), fox hunting, and side saddle. He did foxhunting and side saddle with trainer. Now he is a theraputic riding horse in CT. That is his retirement job. I retired him at 14. He takes care of the kids but when I go up and visit him. He will take me for a gallop and buck. Happy Bucks

Nov. 10, 2011, 01:01 PM
Beach vacation!!

Nov. 10, 2011, 06:12 PM
Polocrosse :) most fun ever!!! Also fox hunting and swimming :)

Carol Ames
Nov. 10, 2011, 06:17 PM
foxhunting, eventing, trail riding

Nov. 11, 2011, 09:54 AM
Lots of dressage lessons, foxhunted (including leading the field), hunter- paced, trail ridden, ridden bareback all over our farm, ponied my younger horses from on her back...even schooled the novice level of a friend' s cross country (eventing) course!

Feb. 6, 2012, 09:24 AM
We've done trail riding and have hunter paced, both of which my mare likes. A few of the ladies at my barn, my daughter, and I have just started our own drill team. Not sure where we're going to go with it, but we had a blast on day 1!


Feb. 6, 2012, 04:40 PM
My horse and I have done some team penning in the past. (She) never really got the hang of it but I think she had a blast nonetheless!

Feb. 6, 2012, 07:57 PM
Halter, showmanship, timed events, trail riding, trail classes, western pleasure, leadline, team penning, calf sorting, drill team and I am sure I am missing something. He is good at a lot of things and an expert at none. :)

War Admiral
Feb. 6, 2012, 10:35 PM
My baby greenie is a cute little hunter, but he's cross-training for carriage driving and I still secretly have ambitions to do extreme trail with him at some point!

Feb. 6, 2012, 11:18 PM
My mare has done everything... and was not really great at any one of them, but they were fun :) Hunter to WP pony to showmanship pony to grand champ in games all in 1 day. Gotta love her :)

Games: http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/6210_123964885263_3759188_n.jpg

Flat class: http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/60553_436166185263_502815263_5683398_8309760_n.jpg

Hunter hack: http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/62241_436165735263_502815263_5683390_5132184_n.jpg

And finally showmanship: http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/39946_417138085263_502815263_5233624_4545061_n.jpg