My ten y/o TW mare lies down while I'm riding her. Why does she do that? She's not ridden very often so is so out of shape that she gets tired enough to have to lie down? I don't have any trouble getting her back up though. I kinda thought that she got sweaty and wanted to roll, but she wasn't all that sweaty and she didn't try to roll when she layed down - she just layed there upright and ate some grass sometimes. When we got out of the field and onto the road it seemed like she kept trying to get over to the grassy ditch to lay in it. Why does she do this and what can I do to make her stop?
Also she always has her head turned to the left while I'm riding her. I think that maybe she does this because she's nosey and wants to look at everything. When she keeps her head turned her rear naturally goes the opposite direction, which causes her to walk kinda sideways. This makes her difficult to ride especially on a wooded trail. Any suggestions for why she does this and how to fix it? Maybe tying strings from both sides of the bit to the saddle to hold her head straight? Or would she just completely turn her body instead? I've used something like the strings before on my other horses to help keep them from bucking or rearing and also to help with some nice head carriage. The strings just keep their head where it belongs - in the middle not too high and not too low so they have to behave themselves. The only time she really keeps her head straight is when she's trotting, because she can't trot with her head turned. Any thoughts?