I am currently working with a 4 year old gray Thoroughbred mare who has potential, but a few issues. She is off the track (raced twice I believe) and then went to a rescue to be adopted. The girl who took her use to ride the horse for hours at a time, wearing her out and making her sore and tired. The rescue gave specific instructions to only ride ONCE a week and light work until the horse built her energy back up. Needless to say she didn't and the horse became nasty.
She use to bite and kick at the girl and the girl finally had enough of her. The woman at my barn has her now and I was asked to work with the horse. I have built up the trust in the mare (she doesn't try to bite or kick at me) due to some of the natural horsemanship I do with her (the friendly game and such) but when I take her into the round pen to try and lunge her, do join ups, etc, she starts to buck and kick and dives into the middle of the round pen. This happens with everyone who has tried to work with her.
I got on her a few days ago just to see what she would do, and surprisingly she didn't move. I actually had to ask someone to put me on a lead line to help motivate her to want to walk. Every time she willingly went we rewarded her. I then found out the girl who owned her use to ride the horse with spurs. Another wrench in the system.
It's going to be baby steps with this horse, but I'm willing to do whatever I can to help her out. Does anyone have suggestions as to what I can do when it comes to lunging her? We've had her off the lead line, on the lead line, set up obstacles for her to stay out on the rail, but she ends up throwing a fit and almost hurting us.
Thanks for reading!