I decided to lunge him on Sunday before I got on. I'm not sure that he needed it, but it went a long ways towards calming me down. While I was lunging him, he had a very hard time focusing. He would whinny to his friends outside, he would spin his head to look out the open door to see what was happening there.
This happens, to a lesser degree, under saddle. If we're really working hard and focused I can keep him with me, but it's a struggle whenever another horse enters the arena. He's just very horse focused.
On the ground, if I do very specific exercises with him (yielding of hindquarters etc.) he will pay attention, sort of. I'm not as confident with these and I don't want to just yank on him. But I'm losing his attention constantly.
What are your best exercises for getting a horses attention back on you while you're on the ground? He will move his hindquarters while his head is completely away from you and he's whinnying to his friends! I want his focus to be in the arena and on me. Same thing when we're walking and I'm leading him. He's not naughty, just oblivious.
|Who me? What? I think I see my friend over there....|