I am actually asking this question for a friend of mine. Apx 2 months ago she brought lovely 5 year old mare and we started riding out together every week. Both out horses got on fine and (touch wood) we haven't had many problems when being out riding.
But, for the last two weeks her horse has been impossible to catch. She's out in the fielld with the other horses and simply won't come when called. We used to be able to walk over to her and stroke her before getting her, but now its more and more difficult. Today and yesterday it took more than an hour.
We've tried bribing her with apples, ignoring her and stroking the other horses (that nearly wokrd, she got so curious as to why we weren't bothering with her that she came within a metre of my friend-then she ran off again).
Is it a game? She starts getting so excited /nervous that she starts to caner around the field, getting the other horses worked up to until they are all cantering around.
Today was the worst because she started bucking when we were close to her.
One friend suggested that because she is the dominnat mare, she is reluctant to leave the herd What do you think and if that is the case what can we do.
My friend is so upset. Bless her!