Horse will not take the lead in a group(she used to last summer)
I got Flash(14yr old appy mare) in May 2012, she's a former barrell racer. All last summer she was GREAT. I could make her do anything and go anywhere, I could take her out for a ride without our other horse Abbey(8yr old morgan/quater mix mare), and she would ALWAYS lead. Through the winter we really didn't ride, we got them saddled up in march and they were 'ornery' to say the least, barn spoiled, spooky etc,,,which I expected w/ march mares after not riding all winter. Anyhow, it's June now and she still has the same horrible habits, and it's getting worse. She will NOT take the lead. I try to get her out in front of Abbey and she rears/kicks and "barrell' cuts around to get right behind into Abbey's butt. I don't know if she is scared or what, her ears are usually back, but not pinned, she almost seems stubborn. The same behavior is exhibited when I try to get going out on our own, she basically runs in circles and rears/bucks and runs right back to the gate, she wont leave. I have walked her out of sight of the other horse/barn etc, mounted, and had her full out gallop/buck back to the barn. I have lunged her before riding, I even tried some of clinton anderson's groundwork to engage her feet and get her focused on me, some of this work did help, I can lift all four feet without her moving and I can mount and dismount with her staying still, which she never did. But the riding is AWFUL. The only way we ride is up abbey's butt and it's no fun and I don't think abbey likes it either.
Last edited by emilye1224; 06-04-2013 at 11:06 PM.