I am pretty sure the problem is just her getting older and being a mare, testing her place in the "herd", so to say. But I thought I'd ask if there was anything else it could be or if anyone has suggestions.
I have a 19 month old filly (mercedes) and ever since I've had her she has been wonderful, easy to work with, very easy going. Anything I ask her to do, she picks up very quickly and is such a joy. But lately she has been acting like the SPAWN OF SATAN!
I lunge her maybe 2-3 times a week, 5-10 minutes at the MOST(only walk,trot)...usually she is very good about it. But for the last couple of days she will just take off at a dead run, bucking, spinning...whatever the heck she wants. I have to make her change directions quickly just to get her attention back to what I want her to do. I am not very comfortable with this part of her behavior as I don't need her goofing off on the lunge and hurting herself. After one of these "episodes" she had heat her leg. I haven't lunged her since then.
And today...the farrier came out and she was terrible! Usually she just stands there and dumbfounds him for being such an easy girl for her age. She would not let him hold her legs without pulling away every second.
She is really testing my patience.
So what do you think I should do?