I have a normally high-energy Thoroughbred mare. When I got her, I rode her a couple times and then stopped...I was new to riding and honestly, she intimidated me! She threw her head a lot, did a lot of hopping, rarely walked (always a trot and faster), and I certainly didn't know how to handle it.
Well, I've started riding her a lot lately and she's a very different horse. She walks. And walks. And doesn't like to do much more than that. When I lunge her, she'll respond to "trot" quickly and acts very willing to particpate. When we ride in her pen (it's a big big pen), she acts really lazy. Or perhaps bored. She always wants to stop and look over at a pasture where there are other horses (not mine). I've taken her out of the pen to ride her a couple of times, but then she's all energy and wild cantering. When I've tried to circle her down to a trot or a walk, she'll start to hop.
I'm still fairly new to riding, so I'm not 100% comfortable with her fighting against me when we're outside the pen...but I can't figure out how to conquer her boredom/laziness.
What are your thoughts? Is there a way I can spice up our in-pen riding? Or should I just suck it up and start riding outside the pen more? Thank you :)
PS: I hope this is in the right board topic. If not, I'm sorry!