Sunday, April 22, 2012

Riding in Company

One of the things Pie is learning about at the new barn is riding in a crowded arena, with horses going every which way.  Yesterday, being Saturday, the arena was pretty crowded, with some lessons and some other riders - probably 4 or 5 other horses in a pretty small space.  There was one girl whose steering was, shall we say, a bit imperfect.  There was a girl riding one of the minis bareback - his name is Piranha(!).  But people were pretty good about calling where they were going.

Pie coped very well with all the commotion.  Having horses come up next to him and pass him on the rail, or coming in the opposite direction and passing him on the inside, made him a bit nervous - I think it was being stuck between the other horse and the arena wall that worried him - but we kept right on working and he was noticeably less worried by the end of our session.  And I'm particularly pleased with how well he did cantering at the same time as other horses were cantering and/or trotting behind or in front of him - he just cantered along normally - no excitement at all!

Good Pie!

9 comments:

  1. That's very impressive! It can be nerve wracking getting them accustomed to this. Sounds like Pie was wonderful, and he probably gained confidence from you.

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  2. That's really good for Pie to learn so quickly. Piranha- that's funny!

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  3. That is an important lesson. Riding with a group is fun, but definitely also a teaching moment. Good boy, Pie!

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  4. I bought Winston from a crazy huge busy jumping barn with a very crowded arena. I think that is why he is doing so well in group rides now. ...there are benefits, although I prefer quiet myself.

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  5. Good Pie, indeed. Another valuable lesson learned. More experience is only going to make him better. Good going.

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  6. Good Pie. I used to despise going to shows at the indoor arenas sometimes they were chaos. The barn where we boarded had definite rules about passing and calling before coming up on someone from behind. We kept it pretty civilized in the indoor even with lots of people riding.

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  7. That's great experience. Sounds like it was kept positive by people who know how to handle a crowded arena situation, too. The last barn I was at was always a wreck waiting to happen with even a very few people sharing the fairly large arena because most of the riders knew nothing of proper arena etiquette.

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  8. Very good! I sometimes miss being at a barn with all the busy arena work. It does seem to make a better mindset for the horses to be exposed and comfortable in those kind of settings.
    Connie

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  9. Very good , he is maturing and growing confidence in himself and you

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