Hello all. I just got my first horse earlier in the week. =) We have been working on bonding and doing lots of leading, ground manner work and some lunging. She has been doing WONDERFUL! She works great with me and will follow me around/stop when I stop/come when asked without a lead in the arena. We have an indoor. However I have an issue with getting her OUT of the arena after we work together. She will go right to the threshold and then plant her feet or back up while yanking hard on the lead. Yesterday I thought it was because the other horses (who she hasn't quite gotten to like yet) were down in the lower paddock that is visible from the exit. I thought she was just scared of them. However she did it again tonight and the other horses were no where in sight.
I stayed calm and I didn't yank and pull on her head (she is quite head shy due to being abused in the past) I asked her to back across the arena. Then asked her forward again, but I stopped her before the threshold and backed her again. I repeated this for a good 5 min. I tried to do it Monty Roberts style. (If anyone has ever watched him teach a horse to load, this is how he does it). I got her to step through the entrance and was super pumped....until she planted her feet and backed right back in. =(
I ended up backing her out of the arena. Because well....tug of war with a 900lb creature just is not a good time.
I know she is testing me and trying to do a mare-ish dominance fit, but I was wondering what else I could do to stop her from pulling this trick on a daily basis.
Thanks in advance for your help!