I have a 2 year old Clydsdale/Thoroughbred filly that seems completely LOST without her herd. When taken out with another horse she focusses on me fine and behaves, but alone is another story! She completely ignores where I am and I often have to tap her shoulder to remind her I'm there while she spins to scream at them! How do I work with this?
I've tried taking her out alone more and it's sorta working, but I can only keep her attention for 10 seconds at a time. I've tried giving her a job to do, like while lunging walk circles do alot of whoa/walk, and walk/trot transitions to keep her mind occupied...but it always reverts back to where the others are.
I love that she has horse buddies to play and bond with, and I know she's only 2 years old...but when I'm taking her out every second day for half an hour, I'd like to keep her attention...and my toes! I've done alot of ground and lead work, she knows how to behave...she just hates being seperated from the herd! We don't have alot of paddocks and I want her to be out in the big 8 acre pasture with the rest to run around, figure out for herself where her feet are, and grow into a well muscled horse...but how do I also get what I want? Any ideas? Thanks!