Join Date: May 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
I agree that your mare needs to respect you. My mare Jubilee is quite dominant as well, but not as much with people. She will do stuff though, if she knows she can get away with it. Before, when I first got her, whenever I went in the field to catch her, she would turn and walk away from me. I started doing a lot of groundwork with her, just simple things like asking her to back and turn, and she started respecting me. I also started not putting up with crap undersaddle. She respects me so much better now. She has never been a pushy horse, but she stands quietly, wont enter the barn unless beckoned and does get intrude on my space. She also comes TO ME in the field now! Haha. I think, especially with mares, they need gentleness and respect from you, but also firmness. She needs to know that you, not her, is in charge. She needs to start respecting you more. Good luck and I hope things work out for the best!
"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord. 'Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future'" ~ Jeremiah 29:11