Bad Behavioral Change Past Week
Hi All- I'm at a bit of a loss at what is going on with my mare and could use some advice. A bit of history, she is 8 years old and I've been told that she was more than likely broken later in life. I've been working with her the six months or so and have been making slow but steady progress.
Last week, while riding in the arena I asked her to move from a walk to a trot (we had been trotting earlier without a problem). Trotting, in general, is not her favorite thing to do but up until this point we had been working on it and making progress. When I asked she pinned her ears and acted like she was ready to start a personal rodeo. Not wanting to end on that note but recognizing it was not safe to proceed, I asked her to walk and we worked at a walk for another 5-10 minutes.
Fast forward to yesterday, I was longing her before riding and noticed that she was extremely irritable at any command I would give her. Every time I'd cluck or kiss to move her up/down she would pin her ears. Her movement looked fine, no soreness etc. I untacked her and tacked her back up to make sure that there was no issue, which there wasn't. Anyway, I continued to longe her until her attitude went away and by the end she was responding normally. I hopped on and rode her at a walk with no issues. An important point here is that she also, on her own accord, tried to move into a trot on her own on several occassions and I slowed her back down into the walk. Now when I asked her to trot, she threw the same fit as before, ears pinned and ready to buck. So I walked her in a few more circles, then instead of using leg pressure, I just clucked to move her into the trot (thinking maybe the pressure was bothering her) and she did the same tantrum. So I then walked her a bit, which she also on occassion pinned her ears at, but it wasn't as bad.
I picked up some mare magic, recommended by another gal at the barn, to see if maybe that would help but I'm a bit lost as to what else to do. Any suggestions?