Hello all! I am brand new to the forum, looking for a bit of advice!
I recently purchased a new horse, a 3 year old. I've owned horses for quite a long time, but I have never purchased this young.
My youngster seems to have some very bad ground manners. When I bought her, I was told her previous owner (who sadly passed away from cancer) basically let her get away with anything- had free run of the yard, and apparently was allowed to eat off his picnic plate. That is really the only background I have. I am not sure if he trained/broke her or if the barn I bought her from did.
She is VERY pushy. She is constantly in my space when I am leading her by halter. She likes to be ahead of me and pull a lot, and the only advice I could get was "Just put a chain over her nose!" It feels like she is going to pull my arm off, and I don't have a lot of strength..I have tooth pick arms This is a brand new barn to me, and it seems like a lot of other boarders let their horses get away with bad habits (so far as I have seen), and this won't fly with me. I just don't know how to fix this problem as I have never dealt with it before, and I know to a young horse anything is training. Also, I know that she hasn't been rode in the last month and has a TON of pent up energy (I just bought her a few days ago). I put her in a round pen in attempt to get some energy out, and she was doing the whole throwing her head thing. At one point she stopped, turned to me, and just started pawing- but no signs of aggression..no ears pinned and no charging, but none the less I have never experienced this and I won't lie, I got a little scared.
I also can't get her to stand still AT ALL. She just goes in circles around me..she will only stand about 20 seconds before going back in circles around me on the lead rope. I also don't know where to start as once again, the only advice I was offered was "Put a chain on her nose".
Other than ground work, she rides like an absolute dream!
ANY advice on how to get her to walk along with me without pulling and to stay out of my space would be greatly appreciated!