Bolt lightening Mare - Help please
Gesh feel like I am really leaning on this forum lately for advice, Thanks in Advance for reading my novel :)
So long story short got a Mare recently and got told she has done CTR and Pony Club. I have started hacking her out off the property and she tries to turn and bolt home multiple times while out. She isn't herd bound or even Nappy, she just seems to be looking for things to worry about. And when she finds something she doesn't stop and look at it, she doesn't start or jump she will immediately turn and try to run home. She is fine when ridden in a paddock by herself and also ground work is good. Just when we hack out alone she starts this behaviour.
I want to start by saying she has not succeeded once in any attempt so far. She does get around but I have her head and keep her hip disengaged until she settles then on we go. But I am only a novice rider and eventually she will probably manage dump me and run.
Does anyone have experience with a horse that bolts like this and did you manage to train it out of them? How long did it take?
Please it isn't an option for me to ride her with another person, I want to get her confident hacking out alone. Also she does not make me nervous or anxious, oddly I'm not scared to ride her out when I probably should be. Also I really, really like this mare and do want to fix this behaviour even if its a long term solution.
Although on the plus side to this behaviour, it has forced me to keep my heels down, my seat pushing her forward, moving with her and my back nice and straight and looking were I want her to go :) Riding her a handful of times out has probably already made me a better rider than a year spend plodding around the paddock with lazy legs and posture.