When I ride alone Phoenix is generally fine, he mostly pays attention but can be a little absent minded. When I ride with anyone else it's like i'm not even there. His mind wanders and he spends the whole ride looking around and generally not paying attention.
Last weekend I rode in the small field we have at the barn with two other horses. One gelding who Phoenix knows and gets along with and a mare. He spent the whole time turning himself practically inside out to try and play with the mare. He ignored my aides and when I took him into trot he got really choppy and was either really fast or barely moving.
I don't mind that he wants to be friends with other horses, that's fine, but how can I keep his focus more on me and what we're doing? Are there any exercises or figures I can ride to get him focus back on me?
It's annoying because when I ride alone he's doing really well, learning to listen to really tiny aides and my seat but then it all goes out of the window the minute another horse or person come into view.