Riding in the Outdoor
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

Riding in the Outdoor

This is a discussion on Riding in the Outdoor within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category
  • Outdoor riding side
  • Training horse on circles and figure eights

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    05-08-2011, 09:14 PM
  #1
Foal
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!!
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    05-08-2011, 09:17 PM
  #2
Trained
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, 09:18 PM
  #3
Foal
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, 09:34 PM
  #4
Trained
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, 10:43 PM
  #5
Foal
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, 06:56 PM
  #6
Trained
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, 10:32 PM
  #7
Foal
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, 10:48 PM
  #8
Trained
Oh crap! Are they side by side or one on top of the other?
     
    05-09-2011, 10:55 PM
  #9
Foal
Kind of diagonal, but mostly on top of each other !
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First ride in outdoor! awaface Horse Pictures 21 04-06-2011 11:18 PM
Building an outdoor riding arena start to finish! Ray MacDonald Barn Maintenance 3 01-31-2010 05:21 PM
Outdoor crossties? goldilockz Horse Grooming 7 07-21-2009 08:00 PM
Outdoor fun (pic heavy) manhirwen Horse Pictures 6 04-16-2009 04:24 PM
constructing a homemade outdoor riding arena? Hilary Horse Talk 8 02-18-2007 03:11 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:52 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0