So, recently I have been having some trouble with my mare Charm outside when riding. For the most part in her beginning training I rode her in the indoor arena a lot but I try to get outside to ride in our arena at least once a week.
The problem is is that when I ask for a trot or canter she wants to run off. I never let her by making her work small circles or doing a one rein stop and asking again for a slower more controlled gait. Is this wrong?
I think she is doing this because she isn't used to being worked outside and her friends are always right next to the arena in the pasture. She also tends to try drifting over to trail. Because our trail begins right next to the arena and they are not closed off from each other. today she stopped and reared and tried turning around on to the trail but I yelled at her and made her trot away.
At least I know she loves trail riding!
I do push her back in line though when she drifts and I was thinking that maybe if I made her work harder right next to the trail like if she was gate sour? Then she wouldn't want to drift over there. Would that work?