I have had the idea to start riding obstacle courses with my Icelandic. I don't think she's ever done this before. But both of us are very bored riding around in a circle in the arena and she's too nervous and spooky right now to take on the trail. The farm where she's boarded has a lot of obstacle equipment I can use to start building short obstacles and build up her confidence--and start using some scary items when we're ready. I will also need to see if she will sidepass, and/or if I can teach her to. And turn on the forehand. I feel really good about this. It's specific stuff to work on, rather than riding mindlessly around the arena--it's pretty safe if I don't introduce too many scary elements at first, and it's a discipline that is not hard on an aging horse, and not dangerous for an aging rider! LOL I am very excited to ride tomorrow and set up a short path of poles, some barrels and some cones and maybe a pole to step over. As of a month ago, her owner did rider her over a large teeter board in the outdoor arena and she did great. I've walked her over it in hand and she was great. I may try riding her over that if it's not too mushy tomorrow. But i'm going to start indoors. I feel like this will really hone my riding skills and give me specific things to focus on/work on and help her relax and focus on me--and become less spooky overall with me as she learns to trust me and has fun at the same time. Woo Hoo!