My mare is 6 years old and still green. Her attention span is still lacking, apparently, because in our lesson yesterday she was all over the place. She's very nosey and checking out EVERYTHING. She would pay attention for a bit then stare off at the field or at her boyfriend Charlie that was walking around. At times she would listen to my commands but I could feel that she wasn't 'all there' because she was still focusing on other things. By the end of the lesson she was much better, but I'm curious as to what you guys do to keep your horse on track and pay attention to what you're doing. I don't expect her to be totally focused the entire ride - she is still young - but I want to get her thinking more.