Gem can be a handful depending on her mood that day, but it is one of the reasons I love her so much. This behaivor is really starting to frustrate me though and I am at my wits end on my own. Whenever we ride with another horse in the arena she decides that she has to not only be near them but then it turns into a competition and she has to speed past them. She will be going along nicely working on serpentines, circles, figure 8s with me and she relaxes and it seems like she is paying attention when all of a sudden she relocates 180 degrees opposite where we were and heads off for the other horse.
I was in the outdoor hunter ring the other day and my husband was on his gelding at the opposite end when Gem decided to make a super sharp turn to the right and break into a canter to get over to them. It was all I could do to pull her up. After that I moved the 2 18 inch cavelletti I had out into a circle and had my husband stay at the far end and we stayed by the cavelletti. Any time she headed his way I turned her and made her go over the jump which forced her to pay attention again. We did this a few times until she calmed down again, but I could tell she always had her eye on them and never really focused 100% on me. I didn't know what else to do.
Anyone have any suggestions? It is with any horse in the arena. It makes me avoid riding when there is someone I don't know in the arena just in case she does something and it scares the other person. I am in need of suggestions for breaking her of this. She is perfectly fine when riding alone. She doesn't have a hard time leaving her pasture buddy to go in by herself, never makes a fuss about it. She is fine out on the trail with other horses and will even lead without a problem. I can hold her back to a walk while the other horses trot off and she is fine. It is just in the arena with another horse present. Any ideas??