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post #21 of 24 Old 05-03-2016, 08:04 AM
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My mare is also a trail-pro. At least on the trails we have here
Surefooted, steady and brave. Put her in an arena, and she is tight, nervous and wary. Simply because she has no idea what is expected of her in there. She also had some trust issues from the ground, so we simply tackled the two together. Working from the ground, in the arena, helped her to "see" what kind of work is expected, and also that a human on the ground is not going to eat her

Give your horse some time to learn that the arena is not dangerous, and it should calm down. However, it may find arena work quite boring
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post #22 of 24 Old 05-03-2016, 09:55 AM
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A busy warm up arena can be a lot for a greenish rider on a horse they don't know. Also some people aren't very considerate either (riding into your path or cantering up behind you) If you can, try to go maybe during off hours when there aren't a lot of people there.
I know with my mare, it takes a few minutes to get her head in the game because she is paying attention to everything else around her. After we start working she settles out.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.
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post #23 of 24 Old 05-04-2016, 02:49 AM Thread Starter
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Just reporting back, we had a lovely lesson in the indoor last night! She had two little moments in the dark corners but that was it. What seems to work is leg and realease contact and she calms down.

I think she was just very unsettled (as was I) in the beginning but we seem to be getting there. She does have a tendency to try leg it towards home but I seem to be handling it ok for now - even though I had a good cry the other day :)

Thank you all for your time and advice.
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post #24 of 24 Old 05-19-2016, 08:32 PM
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As one of the previous posters replied, a lot of trail horses have never seen an arena. Another reason why she could be doing this is because she's used to doing all her hard work in the arena, and only walk/trot on trails. If you think it could be a stubbornness issue, she could just be ring sour. A fear issue, she doesn't have enough experience in the arena.
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