1) Have a schedule.
This is SO IMPORTANT. I mean, yeah, there are going to be peak times that are harder than others, but if you (or anyone else) has some flexibility in their schedules, this makes sharing about a thousand times easier. If I can see that everyone and their dog are going to be out at noon on Saturday, maybe I'll come at 8am instead.
|because no one wants to ride with this|
It's winter. Turnout happens sometimes, indoors can be spooky, horse do random shit at the best of times. Don't take it personally that the green rider can't steer or the paint horse is bucking or my OTTB is bouncing off of you AGAIN (cough sorry E cough). Roll with it it. As long as you keep on riding and make good decisions, your horse is at the very least getting more broke and maybe hopefully learning something useful too.
|I MISS YOU OUTDOOR ARENA|
This one is a little harder to quantify, but remember that horses are prey animals and spook at things that are out of place or surprising... so maybe... don't whisper, hide, and poke your head out random places. Just talk in a normal voice, be aware of your surroundings, and act like everything is fine.
Really. PLEASE stop whispering, hiding, and popping out of random places so your don't "disturb" me. You're making it worse.
|cough or "my tinsel-wrapped monster is coming in now"|
If you have a problem, TALK to either the party involved or your BO/BM. They can't fix a problem they don't know about, and just letting problems fester creates drama that no one needs. Sometimes we have to put up and shut up, but most things can be prevented with a little simple communication 101.
Haha, so there's my guide for surviving the indoor. Here's hoping I can stick to it and stay alive until we can escape outside... C'mon FEBRUARY!!!