Today was the first day I went out to spend time with Spree, as my lease just started. Man, for a horse that's a dream to ride, she has some awful ground manners that need to be remedied stat.
She's antsy, period. I guess today was particularly bad, her owner said, because she was being a total snot. She doesn't like to stand or stop moving. That's the worst issue. She'll crowd your space, which her owner taught me a great way of dealing with, but what's the toughest issue is that she will not stand still when we were trying to saddle her. It was such a joke today that I couldn't imagine how this girl does it without help! She dances all over the place, swings her rump around, etc. We tried moving with her as tried to walk forward but making her move in a circle and then (this is after the saddle was on her back) tightening the girth when she stopped. But basically whenever we'd move toward her with the saddle/saddle pad, she'd move away. And we'd make her keep moving until she was paying attention. Lather, rinse and repeat for a half an hour. I'm sure she associates the saddle with having to work and is just being a booger about it, but it's a serious issue that needs working on. Thoughts? We tried it while she was tied, while one of us was holding her head and the other trying to tack up...I read the other thread about a horse not standing and how many suggested to just let them stay tied and get used to it, but this is more of a tack up issue than a grooming one.
She moves around a bit while being groomed and never had her feet picked up much, but I worked with her on that for a few minutes and she showed a lot of improvement quickly. She's incredibly smart and learns quickly, but today was being the snottiest mare ever. Any thought/suggestions greatly appreciated. I'm going out there tomorrow, and would give anything a shot (and will share the knowledge w/her owner too).