Originally Posted by trailhorserider
(This isn't directed to the OP or a specific person, just at the replies in general.)
Gee, you guys sure rely on arenas and gates a lot, lol! I don't even have an enclosed space to ride in, except for a round pen that isn't even round and has no special footing. I have never actually ridden in it, although I plan to work my colt in if he needs it when he gets back from the trainer. For me, every ride is a ride out in the open.
I understand beginners need help and instruction but people really need to learn to ride out in the real world too, not just in the safety of an arena to contain the horse. I mean, are you really riding if you have to have a fence to contain the horse? I kind of feel like arenas are for training or for showing. Not something you use to keep the horse contained while you ride.
Even thinking back on my round pen, I wish I hadn't used it as a crutch when my colt was a baby. Because he does excellent in the round pen and is flighty out in the real world. I think as horse people in general, we rely too much on round pens and arenas.
Oh yes, I feel for the instructor, everyone is ok and the horse is hopefully ok.
Speaking of arenas and indoor arenas, a little of topic, but where I come from we could ride outside nearly 100% of the time, when I moved we rode indoors for nearly 75% of the time. The anxiety associated with being boxed into an arena was immense for a while, and then I got completely comfortable with it......and then summer rolls around and I'm terrified to ride outside!!!
I have had the realization that people can become arena sour for sure!
(now I make a point of going to the open (no fence) outdoor arena as much as possible so that the 'fear' doesn't come back)