So I wanted to let everyone know all of the information you guys provided was extremely helpful. Had a small victory last night! Here is what I did and I have come to realize Juba is barn sour & buddy sour:
First walked her out 30 feet from the barn and set up cones for her to do patterns with. Worked on flexing with didn't go so well. Right side she was close but left I got dizzy so many times and got a small amount out of her and she stood still - baby steps with this one. I was able to mount from there will no issues and she actually stood still for a few seconds then of course went towards the barn and I took her around the cones again while on. Got a whoa out of her after that and was able to dismount 30 feet from the barn! Took the cones into the paddock and worked her around them for 15mins or so. Took her half way back across the paddock area and asked her to whoa and was able to dismount! Stopped there for the night since she did so well. Once we got back into the barn all she did was stomp her feet and whine for her buddies for a bit.
So every day I get to ride i'm going to keep working on the flexing and working her a little each time away from the barn and work her hard to get her attention off the barn and keep her busy. Seems to be helping so far! Thanks!
Hi. Good for you, sounds like you're making progress. I think it has a lot to do with either she's listening to you, or hanging up on you. Like selective hearing. I think it's a matter of keeping her attention on you, and I think those exercises are great.
My first horse had no brakes. Scary at times. I put him on the lunge line, and when I said "whoa", as long as it took, when he whoad, he got a treat. But not by walking up to you (bad habit). They get the message real quick. They get to the point where they anticipate your signal. I would set him up as "aaaaannnnndddd, whoa"..So he knew it was coming. When he's stopping on a dime with the treat, ride him a bit and say aaaand whoa where you know you'll get it. Intersperse then with times you didn't get it before. Don't get mad, be patient. You can wait longer than a horse can. When he does finally hears your cue and stops, he gets a treat. Now you are the one he focuses on. Continue with the exercises you do, bending and such is super listening.
I can't tell you how many problems I've solved with treats. Eventually, they listen even better when you don't give it each time. Or every third or fourth or fifth time. They are still listening.
Be patient. My current horse would not let me get on. She would constantly jump away from me. One night, when it happened, I took her to the round pen and she had to work, trotting or cantering. I would stop her and try to get on. Nope. Back to work. I was ready to be there till 5 the next morning, LOL. After 1 1/2 hours of this, she did finally let me get on. A few days later, she did it again. It took me 5 minutes to get on. The next time, I got on. And gave her a treat for the first time. Now she stands like an absolute statue. People at the barn ask me how she stands so still while I get on. I explain it to them, but they blow me off and their horses continue to walk off with their one foot in the stirrup. To me, it's not a reward. It's training them to pay attention to me.