Originally Posted by BeautifulBay
The big problem is on an open road or in an open field....I don't think she is barn sour...and she's my only horse, so she is definitely not herd sour... but she feels vulnerable in open spaces that are not familiar to her.
I understand completely what you are going through. My horse is the same way, although she does rear. She is the only horse at my place, and there are no other horses near, except some down the road about 1½ mile away.
What I have been doing with her is this:
Halter and lead rope only, take her off the property to the road (which is where I want to ride). We slowly walk down the road. When she starts to get nervous and looking back towards home, I let her walk back a few steps. Then we stop. I then turn her back around and we walk a few more steps. Continue.......
We are starting to get farther and farther each time we do this. She is learning that its OK to go away from her home, where she feels secure and safe. She will be back shortly. She will still get nervous and look around but she is doing much better each time and we are getting farther down the road.
I have decided that because tj has been bought/sold so many times, (between the breeder and me), that she doesn't know where her home is, and about the time she starts feeling comfortable at a place, she was sold and moved away. Then she had to start all over again.
Knowing this, I have worked to build a bond with her, just me and her, and letting her get use to where she is, is now home. (we have had other issues that we've been working on
) I really think she knows that I am safe and that she is secure with me. Now we have to get past the fear of leaving home, so that's what we've been doing.
I agree with equineconnections on the barn/buddy sour horse and what was recommended.