Concerned because my horse keeps bumping herself and me into the wall/rail
I have a young mare. She is absolutely absolutely AMAZING and she is so hardworking, but since she is still young its understandable that she doesn't have a lot of experience.
A while ago, at my first stable, I remember that she was too close to the fence and the result was a ripped hole in my riding tights. I didn't think anything of it, and it might have been absolutely nothing...
My next stable after that, one day my barn owner said, "Whenever you have the vet come you might want to have them check her eyesight because when I threw the hay on one side, she didn't react" or something like that
I've been riding at my new stable in the indoor ring mainly. There is an outdoor ring, but I prefer the comfort of the indoor ring. Pretty much every ride, my toes run into the side of the wall. Sometimes my whole knee or leg runs into it. Our comfortable direction is tracking left. Last ride, I tracked right and my girl was trying so hard to cut into the center. SO HARD. I literally had to use ALL my arm strength. She was getting all hollow and high-headed (we've been working on getting her really on the bit, which she does fine in the other direction). Then after we finally stopped tracking right, we were tracking left again, and THEN my girl's head ran into the side of the wall and her eyelid started bleeding because she hit it so hard it cut. It wasn't bad at all, but I felt terrible. A few months ago, I was riding in the dressage ring and tracking right, she tripped over the dressage fencing.
I'm assuming this is probably just an experience thing. My trainer and someone else that rides my horse sometimes both said that they don't notice anything, and since they are much more experienced I feel as though they can control the situation a lot better than I can. But I don't know if this is normal or not. I always speak to the people at the tack shop about what's happening with my riding and one of the people said that I might want to have the vet look in the spring when I have spring shots. I don't know if this is an issue that I need to have the vet look at. I am going to ask more people at my barn and that's why I'm asking all of you, I really don't know what to do.. I'm really confused and getting a little concerned. I'm even a little nervous about riding because I am afraid we will run into the walls again. :(
To clarify, this girl is an amazing horse, very sweet and hardworking, and the habit has gone on for a while but last time I noticed some peculiar behavior. Tracking left, perfect. Tracking right, did not want to stay towards the rail at all, tried to cut across the middle of the ring. Any advice? Thanks.
God bless, englishaqh (: