Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
She is feeding her fear--pardon the pun. Does she tie? or, is she an OTTB that never learned?
Are you sure that she'll hurt herself? Has she tried to jump any fences?
You know they only hold OTTB's, the trainers never teach racehorses to be tied for ANYTHING. **grumbling**
You'll need to wean her off of them. If she is that panicked you'll have to do it gradually, but start ASAP! You'll want to devote 2012 to desensitizing her fear of being alone. If you can't do it any other way, start with short sessions and gradually lengthen them.
There are 2 behaviors that you will never change in your horse:
1) Desire to be with the herd
2) Desire to run back to the barn.
You CAN teach your horse to respect you as leader and allow you to work with him/her solo. It has to be practiced.
"Corporal" could always be ridden solo...anywhere. My commander used to LOVE to send me on errands right before a battle bc Corporal (Arab, 1982-2009, RIP) and I would get it done quickly. I remember one location where the public was always walking down the one dirt road in and out of the historic village, right before a battle and my horse and I had to join the throng. We would be walking behind, in front of, and to the side of the public. Every once in awhile Corporal would call to his herdmates and scare the beejesus out of the people in front of us who didn't know a horse was behind them. But he did just what I asked. Arabs are as hot as TB's, but your horse is worthless if he refuses to be worked alone. You might invest some $ in CA's basic ground training videos, too.