Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
What else does she do with him, besides ride patterns?
He's probably extremely bored, because horses, like people, don't like doing the same thing over and over and over again.
At 18 y/o he's been there-done that, so unless your daughter needs the learning time, he sure doesn't.
Is there anyone else she can ride with? This horse sounds like he needs to do something fun, and a trail ride may be just the thing to take the edge off his boredom.
It sounds as if he's a very well trained beastie and she's still learning. That's good for any number of reasons, but it's also bad because when HE'S decided he's done, she's not experienced enough to make him keep working.