Who Says You Have To Ride?
Spending quality time with your equine friend doesn't have to always involve riding. As a matter of fact, your rides will probably be better for both of you if your horse doesn't view you as just some being that arrives with a saddle and bridle who expects to be hauled around. Take the time to really get to know your horse and let him know you.
Feeding and grooming your horse are a necessary part of horse ownership, but they are also great ways of bonding with him. Pack a light snack, pull up a bale of hay and picnic with your horse. Don't forget to pack an extra apple for him.
Horses in a herd often groom and nurture each other. If you have only one horse, you will definitely have to be the "herd" and provide the needed nurturing. Brushing and currying not only produces a clean, shiny, coat, but will stimulate circulation and make your horse feel loved and closer to you emotionally.
Ever notice how interested in your activities your horse becomes when you produce a rake and shovel to muck out the stall? Even this dirty job is an opportunity to talk to, touch, and bond with your horse.
Who says studying has to be done in a library? Take your books or laptop out to the barn, or study at a table on the patio and tether your horse on a longe line nearby. He will enjoy the companionship and you can still be productive.
If you are fortunate enough to be able to stable your horse at home, why not let your horse roam in the yard near the house; and by opening your windows while you clean or wash dishes he can feel a part of things as you talk to him while you work.
You walk your dog...why not attach a lead and walk your horse? This way you can invite friends or family members who don't ride to accompany you and still spend time with your horse.