I got my 20 month old filly on Friday. Although I've owned horses all my life, this is my first youngster. She leads, picks up her feet, etc. She isn't skittish at all. Seems like a great horse!
She has developed an unbelievable obsession with one of the other horses at the barn. If he gets out of her sight, she goes berserk (they are separated but can "talk" over the fence). Yesterday, I went to the barn to feed her, and I had a really difficult time getting a lead rope on her because she wouldn't be still. She was having a fit to get to this other horse. I finally got her in the barn and noticed that she had a small cut on her face. I was examining it, when all the sudden she bit me right in the face! I popped her in the neck with the lead rope after it happened. After that, since she was so frantic to get in her stall (next to her buddy), I decided not to put her up right away. I lead her around and worked on her not following me so closely on a lead rope. She did fantastic.
Today, however, I went to the barn, and she acted like a completely different horse. I went in the pasture with her but before I went to put the lead rope on her, I was examining her. She was frantic, pacing the gate, wanting to get out to go in the barn where the other horses were. Then she KICKED at me, and ran off!
When I caught her, I put the lead rope on her and started working on leading exercises while we were out in the pasture. She really was trying me today. Yesterday, she totally respected my boundaries after I threw a few elbows back at her when she got too close. Today, instead of walking farther behind me, she turned her head all the way to the right and walked like that right beside me and sometimes even out in front of me, so I couldn't reach her with elbows. She'd walk right up on me and then circle out so her butt would be coming out towards me. I'd jerk her back towards me every time. A couple of times she just pulled the lead rope out of my hand and galloped around the pasture.
Her behavior has me freaked out and worried that I may have bitten off more than I can chew with her. Even though biting hurts, I am not afraid to get bitten. I AM afraid to get kicked. I've never been kicked at before.
Does anyone have any suggestions for me?