I didn't quite state that these were my excuses exclusively, these are reasons I have heard and some of them I have had to use. I am always at the barn doing something, and if I can't lunge her we work on other things for sure, but I was talking about lungeing specifically, perhaps I was not clear. I don't ride her yet, I recently moved to a new barn with an indoor, and this thread arose because I have noticed some atypical behaviour since I began working her in the indoor. She's generally very mellow, but her forwardness during circlework lately has been leading me to try and find out what the cause could be attributed to. Last night it happened to be quite windy, and the plastic that insulates the indoor was whipping about. She was ok with it when we were doing groundwork and polework, but once we began to lunge, it set her so afright, it was slightly unnerving. After getting her to trot and walk in an acceptable, calm manner, I ended the lesson early. I didn't want to, but I don't know, I felt like I was pushing her too hard, and she was clearly not focused. I wasn't looking to start a battle because she was scared of something new. I definitely don't have any excuses in regards to seeing my horse, jeepers, I've spent the night in a parka and sleeping bag on a cold cement floor, on the contrary, I get anxiety attacks if I don't go up at least once a day!