Jynx has taken to temper tantrums...
I swear if it's not one thing with this horse, it's another! I think it is beginning to become apparent with time that Jynx is no where near the docile easy going horse we seem to think she is. The vet is convinced her problems under saddle are just tantrums. It seems that as long as she's getting her way or doing something she enjoys, she's a champ. But the minute the pressure comes on, she just goes into fits.
In light of these increasing tantrums, we've gone back to ground work to re-develop some respect. She has become idiotically herdbound to Justus, which is also creating problems. I took her for a walk down the road today to get her away from the rest of the herd and listening to me.
It started out well, just a LOT of moving her feet and making her listen - walk straight, stay at my shoulder, jog, halt, back, pivot away, follow abrupt changes, etc. Just basically keep her focused on me and I took a Dressage whip just in case.
As we progressed, she started getting worse. A Thoroughbred back at the farm was screaming, and she started screaming and worrying back. She progressed into paying ZERO attention to me. I got in her face, threw my hands up, anything to make her get OUT of my space, and she'd briefly listen before trying to charge home again. A tap of the Dressage whip to remind her would evoke a full blown temper tantrum - jumping, bucking, spinning, lashing out with a hoof and in general, actual dangerous behavior towards me in her fits.
I worked her to the point of making her understand she better effing listen or we could stay on the dang road all day long. Although she was only paying partial attention, she began halting and standing and moving away from pressure although still charging into the halter when moving forward (which was corrected by a halt and stand every time.
We FINALLY worked back to the driveway, and when she could see AND hear them, her entire brain had a complete meltdown. She went BALLISTIC. Any attempt to re-focus her attention or back out of my space was met with what can only be described as equine rage - to the point where she reared and staggered back so hard, she almost went over backwards for NO reason other then being asked to stand and move away from pressure.
We worked all the way to the barn, where she was promptly led inside and put into a box stall. She pitched a fit, complete with screaming and hurling her body against the walls of the stall. I closed all doors and just let her defuse. After about 20 minutes, it was finally silent, so I walked in, caught her and led her directly out to pasture and turned her loose before any "excited energy" could start, and also while Justus was still being ridden so she wasn't going "back" to her, just being turned out with her other buds as a reward for calming down and acting sane.
Ugh, sorry for the novel guys, but this horse really surprised me today. I pride myself in my ground work, I haven't found a horse yet I couldn't handle on the ground with good results, and she tried every last aspect of my experience just stopping her from hurting me or herself. I just wanted to know if anybody had experienced this type of mind set, any successes or failures you may have experienced and any further advice you may have as in what I can do to calm her down.
As of right now, my biggest problem is nowhere to ride. The round pen is under water, and we simply don't have anywhere to really work them until it dries up - I can't lunge her, I can't round pen her, and I have nowhere to really ride, although I COULD take to the roads and just work her frenzied butt into the ground.
Any commentary or advice would be great, I've really never experienced such a Jeckel and Hyde type horse!
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.