I'm full leasing a 11 year old Friesian Appendix cross mare. She is spoiled and a bit out of shape but I'm enjoying working with her. Very sweet and remarkably smart with a little pinch of goofy. With the help of friends and my instructor, I'm learning A LOT about handling a horse as if she were my own. If things work out, I can choose to purchase her.
A huge problem with her though, as I mentioned is... she's spoiled and can be disrespectful on the ground. She's not being mean- someone just let her get away with things in the past! Since I've had her she's gotten better but we still have a long way to go.
One of the worst things she does is have little regard for running over things (people, gates, dogs, piles of sand, wheel barrels, doors, plastic chairs, trot poles, etc) in front of her.
She is herd bound, and in an attempt to get back to the "herd", she attempted to walk right through me. I was able to stop her and quickly backed her up out of my space. This repeated several times until she gave up (I wasn't going to let her win...).
During a lesson I was scared half to death because, for a second, it looked as if she was going to run right over my instructor in an attempt to run to the gate and back to her herd. My instructor told me it was a "Friesian thing" that she has seen before and wasn't too scared.
Fortunately this lessons ended up VERY successfully. After trying to run to the gate and me not letting her, she simply gave up. For the remainder of the lesson she was more than willing. Not to mention wonderfully light to cue. I learned that the biggest thing with this horse is to keep her mind occupied. I've always stuck to the rail with a few odd circles here and there. This isn't enough for this horse. She needs circles, trot poles, serpentine, frequent direction and gait changes. The second things start to get repetitive is the second she shows her boredom while pulling on the reins and being difficult to cue.
Anyway, I was curious if anyone had any tips! And also if anyone can enlighten me on any behavioral "quirks" Friesians or Appendix (Quarter/Thoroughbred) horses tend to have that I could be seeing in this horse.