OK, I am sure this topic has been thrown out there before, but I am going to ask anyways.
Background - I am self taught on riding and training. I insist that I do this myself. All of this has happened in the last 4 months.
I took a horse from a rescue company, her name is Ruby.
Ruby is a very gentle, mild mannered, obidient horse. Without knowing what I am doing, we have gotten a saddle and rider on her (I belive she's had that before though), taught her to lunge, amongst some other tricky stunts (like standing still for mounting!)
One thing I cannot break is her habit to ALWAYS want to go back to the barn. If we are walking away from the barn, I CONSTANTLY (every 3-5 feet) have to fight her to keep her on the trail/desired path. She'll walk ever so slowly also. Now if I turn her around, she tries to sprint back as fast as she can /I'll let her. She'll stay at a walk, but I need to keep a steady hand on the reigns.
I have tried to confuse her by turning around in several circles - that fails (I get dizzy though!) I have tried to leave a treat out at my house (not where she's stabled, but my house) as a reward - nope, now she fights me all the way to my house, then darts up the driveway - but when we return, she still tries to run back to the barn.