Very mentally mature....what else to DO with her?
I have a just-turned-two year old who's (luckily for me) quite the old soul. We've been through the in hand show circuit, we've shaken plastic bags....took a bit like a champ, we've started ground driving and she's unamused and does it fantastically. Wears a saddle already comfortably and knows the basics of walk trot canter whoa on the lunge, although we don't do it for exercise. We also go on a neighborhood hand walk once a week, when we she can stand it.
She is BORED! I have got to find some other way to break a sweat and keep her engaged. She is VERY mentally ready to ride but she's 16.2, almost 16.3 already and I don't want to run that risk if she's still very much growing. Through no skill on my own I just lucked into that horse who doesn't really need repetitive work or guidance on stuff...show her once, she's got it. Her only fault is not a lot of 'go' or heat in her, are there any 'forward thinking/forward moving' exercises I can do with her from the ground? I should just turn her out and 'let her be' and not overhandle her at two, but she is really people-oriented and wants that interaction every day. Thoughts?