This horse is seriously difficult to get tired. I have never seen her tired and certainly never tried to get her tired. I have been working her for 2-3 hours in the hottest part of the day. Alternating riding and lunging. She not only has bottomless reserves of energy but when she does get tired she can hit the adrenaline button and go again.
Today I watched her turn the adrenaline on. She had been working for over an hour, I got off to set some poles on the ground. She was looking a little tired and I was going to quit soon.
I stood for a minute talking to someone and Nina decided to work up some new energy. She tried to circle around me and when I wouldn't let her she started chomping on the bit, then tossing her head, then stamping her feet. Then tried to walk over top of me, then took a few hard kicks at nothing while she stoked up her temper and adrenaline. Pinned her ears, tossed her head, eyes slitted, working herself into a temper tantrum. When I got back on she was trembling with adrenaline and spooking at everything.
We made some big circles at a trot and finally she took a deep breath and relaxed and then she was tired again.
She did this a couple of times during the afternoon, it reminded me of a human runner at the start of a race; bouncing in place, swinging arms, clenched jaws, getting the adrenaline started a few seconds early.
Nina can do it on demand.
I am trying to make the riding part of getting tired the easiest and nicest with lots of pats and encouragement and the lunging is just hard work. I would like to take some of the fun out of lunging and see if we can cut down on the rush and just be tired. It's ok to just be tired and not want to run like a fool every minute.