Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
All good advise. When she is thinking about the herd, she is not thinking about you. What I do is to make my horse work. If we are on the trail, we will do small circles, we'll back up, we'll do transitions, anything that makes her have to concentrate on me and my direction.
If you are on the way home and she starts, turn around and go back out for a few hundred yards, then head back home. This may take you 2 hours to get back when it should only take 15 minutes. When you get home, either make her work or tie her up to your trailer for an hour (no bridle but still tacked up) - be sure you are within sight of her for the safety factor. The purpose is that out with you is much better then getting back.
There is no quick fix but it's a common problem and the longer you allow it to continue, to harder it is to fix.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.