So. My mare Abby. I have only had her for a couple of months and when I got her, she hadn't been ridden since May. When I got her, she was moved from her previous owner's home where there was only 2 other horses to where I board her and there are horses everywhere.
She's perfectly respectful and friendly on the ground, but as soon as I get on her back and try to leave the barn, she turns into a ridiculous beast. About a week ago, I went riding with a couple other people (the BOs daughter and some friend of hers). Abby tried to turn around and go back a few times, but eventually got over it and was fine with being so far away from home.
I tried to take her out again and we went about 5 feet into a field that was literally across a gravel road from the fence of the pasture she's kept in. As soon as I turned her so she was facing away from the pasture, I was bucked. So we turned around to walk back towards the driveway, then turned around to see if we could get away farther. We walked down the gravel road. Then I directed her to a field next to the pasture. We were going diagonally away from the pasture, and doing fine.
Out of nowhere, she took off and ran along the fence line. My BOs require me to wear a helmet, which slid down and the visor on it blocked most of my vision..which I'm kind of glad for because she ran me through a bunch of small trees.
I got her to turn around and walk back towards the gravel road. We were almost there when she whipped around and began galloping back the other way. Thankfully, she did not go through the trees this time. But she stopped short when she realized she had ran clear past all of the other horses and got confused. I took advantage of her moment of confusion and turned her around and we calmly walked back to the barn because it was beginning to get dark and colder.
Needless to say, I was beyond embarrassed (which was a feat because I'm not an easily embarrassed person). When I was unsaddling her, she was back to her normal friendly self. It's ridiculous.
Anyone have any suggestions on how to fix this?