How do I make life more exciting for my boy? I want to do dressage. I have a stunning horse. We just came back from a outride. He was forward, soft in the hand, beautiful in the neck - any person's dream horse. Not spooky and absolutely alert and stunning. BUT (always a but) as soon as he puts a hoof in the dressage arena he turns into a ugly, nappy, leaning on the hand, lazy plonker! Perhaps I have been doing too much school work with him - 4 days, 2 days off and 1 day outride per week. And I do not mind making him a show horse instead of a dressage horse but we need to learn and I do not have another facility except for the arena and I dear not trot or canter him outside as the roads are either tar or very bad (stones, broken glass, holes)!
Any advice for making life in the 20 x 60 exciting for a horse?
Thanks he is such a supper boy - he deserves better!