I have a 6 year old AQHA that I have had for 4 months. She has settled in now to her new home and is showing signs of stress ( she came from a large acre ranch, living mostly in the pasture) to now having daily turn out in a dry pasture and nightly retreat to a stall with a run. While in her run she paces and has managed to dig a pretty large hole (2 actually) the only thing that settles her is eating. She has lost weight and is becoming increasing bracey and spookier on the ground. While under saddle she just wants to explode out into a fast trot and only with time trying to soften her out will she quiet down. Her canter is out of contol, I am constantly pulling on her and altough I try to give her release so she will learn where that "happy" spot is she just runs faster.
She is also an alpha mare in the herd. I do ground work with her nearly everytime I ride to get to to 'hook on' and pay attention, but still she seems to irriated while riding. Saddle fits ok, has had complete baseline Xrays and vet check, so I don't think its med. Problem.
She is on U-Gard for potential ulcer that she may be developing from stress.
I feed her A LOT since it seems to settle her
I have recently also put her on a calming supplement
We ride 2-4 times a week
Do you think she just needs more time and TLC?
Or is it just her genetic makeup to be the way she is?
Her lineage is Good Asset/Iron Rebel.