She is a standardbred, and no I don't keep her shod. I know it isn't because her feet are sore because she will ride anywhere just fine, with no problems....it's just up the road one particular way.
Let's see if I can describe this....my house sits on 11 acres, we are on a quiet dead end road, which goes up a ways passed our house. Around us are houses and fields, some neighbors allow me to ride her in their fields. I have no problems riding her on my own property, no problems riding her on the property across the road, which goes in more than 100 acres, so she does get far from home ok, she will go up the road in the direction oppsotie the dead end....however, if I lead her out the driveway up the road toward the dead end, she halts, backs up and tosses her head. Even when I lead her on a line, she stops and tosses her head. This road ends at a beautiful creek that I'd love to ride her to....I also have a neighbor up there that owns 300 acres and allows me to ride there.....but she wo't ride there either because this field is so big and open, so I have to get her to the tree line down there in order to make her comfortable. So you see, it's this particular direction in the road that she doesn't like for some reason. Anywhere else, she rides like an angel. It's just weird. She can still see home way before she backs up, nothing bad has happened to her up this way, There's nothing that has spooked her this way except some birds that fluttered out of a tree on the side of the road once. If and when I do get her to talk this way without backing up, she acts spooky and takes little steps....she's scared of something, but there's no reason to be....it's the same area as the other way up the road, which she has no problem riding to.