Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~
She's 4. I'm assuming coming 5 this year?
I'm going to warn you - 5 and 6 are pretty awful. Keep pushing, keep riding, give her lots of brain breaks. This is totally normal.
It's good to find things that keep her mind engaged (trail rides, etc) and her body worked. You might also want to set up trail/bombproofing courses. Try side passing over scary objects, backing through poles, having tarps, pool noodles going through a hanging bead screen, etc.. etc..
It does get better, in a few years. Lol.
Have fun and good luck!
I agree. I got my mare when she was a four year old. Many people seem to be under the impression that a horse is grown and finished at four. I have news for them......
Even though they can have a great start at four, most will continue to test you, and test their place in the herd, basically they are still forming their adult personality. No matter how well-started most four year olds are, in inexperienced hands, they can start regressing pretty quickly.
When I read the original thread starter, I thought a similar thing....that the mare was still young and has a lot of growing, and growing pains, to still get through. Patience with her should be well rewarded in a couple of years.