Ok so I want to start off with a bit of background on me and my horse. I have always had my horses at home for till last year and I didn't have anyone to ride with so I have never had to deal with a barn/buddy sour horse as that is all my horses knew. I'm not scared to do anything with a horse. I love the thrill of running barrels (correctly not just blasting through) as well as the thrill of an awesome sliding stop.
Anyway I bought a 3 year old filly in November and she is coming along great. She was in training from beginning of November till end of February so 3 months. She is doing great. I have her boarded at an indoor arena as I live in Manitoba and the weather is not that great in winter. Anyway she does everything. Sliding stops (have sliders on her and she was in training for reining), spins, starting to do flying lead changes, and I have gone through the barrel pattern slowly with her a bit. She gives her hip, her shoulders, I can counter lope her (lope her in a left circle in the right lead) I can ask for her head to the right while turning left at the jog. So she really knows her technical stuff.
Anyway on to the question. I took her out alone along the gravel road yesterday and we got about a quarter of a mile away before the problems started. She started backing up and trying to turn around and in general just being grumpy. With alot of encouragement we got another quarter of a mile down the road. Then she took it up a notch. Started rearing (not high but I refuse to accept any of that kind of behaviour). It got to the point that while I could ask her to give her hip and her shoulder and what not she just wouldn't go past that certain point. I started backing her up and that seemed to work but as soon I turned her away from the barn she would rear and turn back. I am not a quitter and I didn't want her to think she was getting away with being bad so I decided to get off and lead/back her up a little ways. I got back on and with more struggling got her to where I wanted to go. I know my horse and in no way was she in any pain. She just decided to stop listening. Anyway just looking for different opinions on what I should do. Keep in mind that she is only a 3 year old so she is still learning what the world is all about.
Thanks for reading.