Hi! I have a horse I am riding down for someone. She is either very green or had some aweful training. Basically I got her to the point that she trusts and respects me, we have walked and trotted - no canter yet. She is comfortable and fairly safe in the roundpen and her paddock (about 3 acres). She has not been out of her paddock (on a ride) in like a year, she lives alone (I know, poor horse), very territorial and extremely nervous outside the paddock.
So I figured I would start by leading her out of the paddock with halter on and basically walking around to get her used to being in unfamiliar territory. Boy, she started blowing and dancing immediately, trying to go in all possible directions, mostly for some reason towards me with her shoulder. I am guessing because I was not letting her run and hide, she decided that I was her best protection and she was trying to get as close as possible. I literally had to struggle to stay on my feet, she was pushing so hard. She was very anxotic - never seen that behavior in the paddock, she was trying to look in all directions in one and just getting overwhelmed. I do not know if the cause for it is simply her being in the paddock for that long or what. But obviously she is not safe to ride out, and I was wondering what I can do to get her to cam down? I have NEVER seen that kinda behavior before. Horses being more alert outside of their territory - sure, but close to having a heart attack from just being out - never! Please, help with any advice you can! Thank you.