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    05-08-2011, 08:14 PM
Riding in the Outdoor

Hey everyone,
This mare that I have been leasing for 6 months now is very green, but coming along pretty nicely. I rode her over the winter and she consistently got better and better. She is still improving, and is a pretty quick learner. This season, I have already taken her to 3 schooling shows for my equestrian team all at the same location. She kind of freaks out a little at first when I get on her, but then she settles down and gets straight to work. Just yesterday, I took her to the third show there and she almost acted as if she'd been doing it for years.

During the time that I have been going to these shows, I have been attempting to ride her in the outdoor arena at my own barn. All she does is flips her head, and turns the opposite way I want her to go... she'll rear, and just do everything I don't want her to do. That said, here are my 2 questions: Why does she act like that at home in the outdoor ring, when she can go to an outdoor show and act civil? How can I get her to calm down while riding in the outdoor ring at home?

Thank you for any feedback!!
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    05-08-2011, 08:17 PM
At the show there are plenty of other horses around to give her a sense of security. Does that same thing apply when you're riding her at the barn, or are you all alone?
    05-08-2011, 08:18 PM
Usually I only try riding her outside when there is someone else out there. Usually it's only one other horse though.
    05-08-2011, 08:34 PM
Well either she feels unsafe or is actually too comfortable at home and getting bored. When you're working her at home, how often do you mix things up? Some horses will lose focus very quickly if all they do is trot around the outside of the ring. She sounds like she needs to get her feet unstuck. Maybe just some more frequent changes of gait, direction, patterns and some basie dressage training to keep her mind engaged. When my horse is acting loopy, a little leg yielding and shoulder-in go a long way to getting him focused on what we're doing. I'm sure others will ring in with good advice.
    05-08-2011, 09:43 PM
Yes, she is definitely the type that needs new things. I always change direction, leg yield, small and large circles, and figure eights, so I don't think that is the problem... It's so strange and I can't figure it out!!
    05-09-2011, 05:56 PM
Huh. I really thought others would have some input. Guess everyone's out riding. I rode this morning, so now I'm back to surfing. Look at her face for me when you get a chance. There will be a whorl (possibly two) between and most likely slightly above eye level. Let me know how high above the eyes it is, if it's offset to one side and in the center of her face and if it's a nice neat circle or all spread out. It might also be more oval elongated shape. I'm sure you're wondering why I am asking for this info, but that whorl will tell me what type of horse you are riding. It might help with helping solve her goofiness.
    05-09-2011, 09:32 PM
Haha actually it's funny, a few weeks ago my trainer and I noticed she has 2 swirls above her eye level!
    05-09-2011, 09:48 PM
Oh crap! Are they side by side or one on top of the other?
    05-09-2011, 09:55 PM
Kind of diagonal, but mostly on top of each other !

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