I know this is a bad habit and potentially a lack of respect, but I fully feel it was mostly anxiety based since it was isolated to the ONLY two larger group rides and ONLY when a horse was coming up behind her fast.
In small groups she's fine, with horses she knows she's fine whether they're above or below her in rank. She knows human time is NOT the time to establish herself with other horses...but I'm leery of taking her in groups again because of the 2 incidents.
Other than putting red ribbon in her tail and doing my best to keep behind her open, what would you suggest to get her accustomed to strange horses behind her? What can I do at home to prepare her for the big group situation?
My mom had a mare that would line another horse up and kick til she got them...with her, when she did that, I'd make her WORK til she quit worrying about who was around and just focussed on her rider. With this situation though, I don't feel making her work is an appropriate response if it's anxiety based. Yes it's still a BAD action, and I know I have to make the bad action hard, correct action easy...just confusing when it's not cut and dried as to reasoning.
Any suggestions? Thanks!