Recently, a mare at my barn has been sold, but the owners are not scheduled to pick her up for another two weeks. For the past five years, the mare has been ridden in five to six lessons a week, but will not be used in any lessons for the remaining two weeks that she will be at the barn. She is very energetic and tends to spook at everything - literally everything.
Therefore, my instructor was a little concerned about how ornery and high spirited she would be after two weeks of absolutely no work. Therefore she asked me to flat the mare a few times a week. Unfortunately, the times that she asked me to flat the mare coincide with someone else's lesson who is...to say it nicely, a novice that finds steering a bit challenging.
I rode the mare today, and she spooked on several occasions, attempted to kick several people as I tacked up, and tried to bolt. She was definitely riled up today, which I somewhat expected due to the cold weather we've been experiencing, but she was ridden in two lessons before me today. This was pretty unusual, as she is typically exhausted after about one lesson. Therefore, I can sense my instructor's concern.
I am not looking forward to riding her with the novice in the ring with me, as she was misbehaving today with ample exercise. She will, most likely, be even worse the next time I ride her, simply due to a lack of exercise. That problem is compounded by the other rider's steering challenges. Is there anything I can do to prevent a catastrophe?