My barn has a very nice indoor arena, and I still can't get a thing done this winter because my horse has lost his mind. There's something about the walls and confinement on an indoor that seems to chip away at the psyches of horses as the winter progresses. It starts with a small spook in late December, moves onto a few bigger spooks and some more overall tension on your horse's body. By February, you're riding a combo/squirrel/time bomb and spending most of the time playing defense from all the monsters. Today the birds showed up and started nesting, so now he's freaking out about all those new sounds too.
I have not even been able to canter in 3 weeks no less practice my jumping. I can't wait until the 38" of snow we just got melts and we get the first freak warm days so I can get him back outside where there aren't so many monsters.
I know I ask this every year around this time, but has anyone else's horse lost it's mind yet this winter?