For a few reasons (main one being work), I haven't had time to go riding the past couple months. I'm getting my hours reduced though, so we're getting back into work.
I read somewhere that I should start slowly with walk work, then trot, etc. But Bliss is a tad high-strung and unless she's being worked regularly, she can be quite a handful. So because of her time off, I'm worried she has a couple months worth of pent-up energy and honestly I'm nervous about getting back on her (and the last few times we've ridden, she's been too nervous/spooky to stand still long enough for me to tack her). Anyways my main point is, I'm going to need to keep her mind busy and I'm not sure walk work will be enough.
So I guess, to summarize, these are my questions:
- How do I keep her focused/calm while at such a slow pace?
- How should I handle it if she won't stand while I tack?
- Will it be okay to lunge her, or is that too hard on her?