So my horse has recently become extremely barn sour, she's always been a little nervous, but it's been getting worse! So first off, she has a pasture buddy, but she really isn't attached to her at all, she likes the company sometimes, but usually doesn't care one bit about her. So in the arena she's fine (inside and out), but the second I want to take her away from the barn, she freaks out. She starts running backwards towards the barn, and refuses to move forward! No matter what I do she won't go forward, only back or sideways. She used to do fine with a buddy, but freak alone. Well today I brought a buddy for her, and she absolutely refused to go forward no matter what we did. (She's really competitive so we even tried getting her friend to trot or canter past her), she just kept going back. She will do whatever it takes to get to the barn, including rearing, and side passing back. She goes down the path fine if I'm walking in front of her, but with me on her she won't move. I got pretty frustrated today and just gave up (2 hours later) after she took a few steps forward. I don't know how to get her over this, I've dealt with barn sour and buddy sour horses before, but nothing like her.
I'm thinking of only feeding her treats far away from the barn, and only graining her and brushing her away from the barn as well. But I'm not sure of any other methods. I was planning on taking her to this farm with lots of trails for a weekend in August, with a friend, but at this point it doesn't look like that's going to be possible. I love my horse, but this behaviour is down right frustrating! Let me know what you think. By the way she is green (backed 6 months ago) and 4 years old. But she has been on trails since the first week of being backed (by me) and has never had a problem, not even alone. Posted via Mobile Device