Sky has improved quite a bit.
And I've taken her on a couple trail rides, and had a blast.
Here's the problem. On the trail she is exactly where she needs to be. Smooth transitions, beautiful carriage, accepting the bit nicely...but in the arena, she's a completely different horse.
Now, I have only had her for about a month now, and her improvement is wonderful. Our walk has gotten much better, and we trot off leg cues great. But going in straight lines, dropping the shoulder, bending, and accepting the bit are all problems....BUT only in the arena!
Can she be this arena sour already from only being ridden for 2 years? Why is she such a different horse on a trail when in the arena she's acting like it's her first time under saddle?
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm very pleased with her improvements. If I could ride her on the trail every day for a month, I would. And I think she would be much better in the arena. But our situation only works out once a week for trail riding.
Since now, she has gotten out of the WP mindset and has a much more forward attitude, I'm thinking of not riding her for about a month, except for trails, and working only on the lunge to teach her bending. Giving her a complete break from arena riding. What are your thoughts/suggestions on this?
I'm pretty stumped....since still most of the times I've worked with babies, I've started them. Not someone else.