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What "non HJ" things have you done with your horse?

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    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!

    My OTTB and I :

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      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?)


        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.


          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 (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.


            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!

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              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.
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                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.
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                  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.
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                    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!


                      Originally posted by event_ryder View Post
                      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?


                        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.


                          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.


                            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!


                              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


                                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.


                                  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.


                                    My six year old dutch jumper mare with my boyfriend warming up to go on a trail ride.

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                                      Here's my hunter begin a hunter:
                                      And here are some of the other things we do:
                             ----> 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.


                                        ^^^ 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.
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