Yes quadrilles are super fun!
If your mare is sketchy around other horses, try to put her at the back or the outside of the movements if at all possible (with the choreography).
Once you get into riding the choreography you should be less tense. Try to just remember your cues and be prepared for things to go wrong in the test and know how to fix them! Once you know your cues and the music this shouldn't be a problem.
I'll be using the lesson horse not my mare(that would be a disaster
) I was just stating how she is because it's caused some tension when riding in close proximity to other horses, even if the horse loves to be next to other horses. The lesson horse, Star will pin her ears and every once in a while act like she might kick if a horse is too close, but she's no where near what my mare would do lol.
I've been contemplating trailering my mare to the barn for a lesson and I'm even hesitant to do that just because she gets to tense, she starts calling and has her head up to the sky and gets prancy, which makes me nervous, which makes her even worse...I get stressed just thinking about it lol. Hopefully once spring comes and the ground firms up I can start riding her again and work through the issues that were caused by a woman I was letting ride her. Then if that goes well I'll think about taking her for a lesson and if that goes well, maybe I'll take her to a show at the end of the season, although I'm not counting on that lol...
But yes, Quadrille seems like it will be fun, there are 2 choices, and I'm not sure which I will choose, one team shows at about 4 shows(which could be tough since I work and have a 5 year old so limited time) the other team only does one charity show at the barn, I'm thinking that is probably the better option for me, but I'm keeping an open mind, I'm going to talk to my instructor on monday....my boyfriend just informed me i'm too long winded in my posts, so I guess I should wrap this up since he is still staring over my shoulder