I don't want to high-jack the thread but I thought this might be a good place to post since I want to teach my mare to ground tie and we came across an issue. If I should start a new thread let me know
I just recently adopted my mare Comet and one day I got her out to groom her and forgot to grab the brush. So I tossed the lead rope over her neck like I normally do while I groom her. I didn't have to walk far so I figured she was fine. She stood fine, just dropped her head to graze and of course the lead rope slipped down to the ground. She then took a step forward and sure enough stepped on her own lead. She completely panicked. Her freak out didn't last long because she jumped and when she did it freed her head and I grabbed the lead rope off the ground.
It also happened one day when I was standing with her, talking to a friend, while she grazed on the lead. There was slack in the lead line which she stepped on and as soon as she felt the pressure on her halter, she panicked. I moved her back off the lead rope, not an easy task. And as soon as the pressure was released she calmed down quickly.
The problem is that she freaks out to the point she just might do anything to free herself. I don't want her to hurt herself and I want to teach her how to release herself from the pressure without panicking.
She is not normally a fearful or skittish horse. She is quite the opposite. Very curious and friendly, assertive, bossy, can be quite the "in your face" horse. She confronts everything instead of running or freaking. She has been exposed to a lot of new things in the last couple months and she has handled everything beautifully. I am very proud of her. She is by no means a spooker.
I don't expect a "perfect" horse but this is definitely a habit I would like to fix.
Anyone else ever had a problem like this?