11-17-2011, 08:22 PM
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I have had my 24 yo Appy mare for only 6 months. She's a real sweetheart, but does some of the things that are already posted. She thinks it's funny when I begin to mount her to stand perfectly still until just before I put my foot in the stirrup, or she will slide her butt sideways just enough for me not to reach her. When we are riding along...not very fast because I'm a newbie, she likes to start dancing, or stop dead and just stand there. I really think she does it because I'm a newbie and she knows it. My friend, who is teaching me, has shown me to do tight circles when she does this, so I do. I swear she's saying, "Oh crap!", then walks on the way she's supposed to. This girl will allow me to do anything to her...thoroughly groom her without moving around, clean her hooves, etc. But in the morning when it's time to put on her halter to go out to the pasture, she will lift her head just high enough to be out of reach for me. As soon as I tell her that if she wants to go out and play with the others, she has to wear the halter, she will drop her head and stand still while I put it on. When my friend works with me on training Flashy, I will go over the backing up exercises. She will give me a hard time, making me really work to get her to comply. Once she does it a few times and we move on to something else, she will randomly stop and start backing up for the heck of it. I can just hear her saying, "How do you like me now?!" Still, I love this horse so deeply it's hard for me to realize that I've only had her for 6 months.