Well when I do my lessons, they're only ever inside an arena. Firstly because the outdoor riding arena isn't in the best of shape to be ridden in and they use it as a dry pasture lot, secondly because my barn's indoor is huge. I do dream of riding in fields and through forests and such, but I never really ever considered riding in an arena boring. If I rode a horse almost everyday, ya I'd probably want to go out and do something different, because routines can get tiring, but my trainer is pretty good at making us do different things each session, so we're not just trotting around. We do patterns, go over poles, sometimes we just concentrate on one thing, like cantering, or on a different technique to do something.
You can basically do a list of different things you want to work on with your horse, and then find exercise/patterns that could help, and you schedule it so every second ride you're doing something completely different. Riding in an arena may not seem very adventurous, but it has it's advantages.
1. The winter elements don't get to you as much.
2. The footing is sure so you don't have to worry about jumping here and then doing a slightly tight turn here, or worry about holes, etc.
3. Your horse can't run off with you lol. :P
Good luck with your new horse! :)
A ride a day keeps the worries away!
Last edited by Hidalgo13; 10-18-2011 at 09:03 PM.