Originally Posted by Arrow
How often do you ride out away from the barn?
How far do you go, how long?
Do you get tired of her antics, and come home early?
To break a horse of this kind of behavior, you've got to be willing to ride her out for an hour or more 2 or 3 times a week, consistently. Only that will convince her that you mean business. Time and firmness--that's the only cure.
How often and far? Well it used to be at least every other day. Right now we are dealing with a weight loss problem, so I haven't been on her in a good few days. How far, sometimes 1/2 mile, sometimes 10 miles. I took Ruby through town one day, side streets, left right, up and down, everyway but upside down
I stopped us, released the reigns, and she started to backtrack. Each road. The bad part is, where I stopped us, she knew her way back to the barn - less tha 1 mile. She wanted to backtrack. Animal instincts...well, possibly.
Oh, yes, I get tired of her anticts, BUT at this point I make it known to her that _____ is what I want to do (fill in the blank). And at that point also, it is NOT time to do what she wants to do. She may be may little baby, but I have a firm belife that she needs to know that I'm the boss - I say left -it's not a suggestion, I say away from the barn - I am doing more than hoping for that result. SO FAR that has been working - minus the barn sour....
Thank you all for the replies, and I will be trying everything I can. I've said it before, and I'll say it again - the more you folks say - the more I learn!!!