Originally Posted by happytrailstoyou
So I have a 4 year old blue roan hancock filly, she is fat lazy and a can be a huge witch when I ask her to canter
It is so frustrating to have her pin her ears back at me and try to throw me when I ask her to move faster. She is perfect besides that!
We mainly just trail ride for fun and do arena exercises and a lot of groung work too! Need to know what to do please!!! This is also my first mare lol.. help give me some advice on what to do!!! Also I do know that hancock bred horses do have a reputation
Nothing perfect about her behavior. She needs more ground work to establish you as the leader in EVERY SITUATION. I would "read my words" I would NEVER take this horse trail-riding, if I couldn't trust her to take cues for all gaits in an enclosed area or arena.
When you're out on a trail a horse like this will bolt not if, but WHEN frightened. You could be knocked off under a tree limb, or run through a fenced in but not open gate. She might decide to jump something and you'll fly off. Or, you could have no incident at all, but it's risky.
Here is how to establish leadership, but it takes your time and dedication. Start her training over and demand obedience with the lead, picking feet, moving the haunches while tied while grooming, backing YARDS, not just a step or two steps at a time, coming to you after loose lunging, halting ("woah") on command, standing, as if ground tied, while you mount and WAITING until you ask to walk off, backing under saddle, AND obedience to all cues to walk, trot, canter and ALL transitions between them, AND standing tied up for hours!! Last Saturday, for instance, my teenage help couldn't make it out--I expected them at 10am--SO, I brushed and fly-sprayed every inch, combed all the knots out of my 3 horse's manes and tails, put SWAT under their eyes and on their ears, left no dirt uncleaned, did the hooves, and kept them tied up while I gardened, adding hay and water, when necessary for the next 6 hours. This makes them patient.
I wouldn't trust YOUR mare until you fixed these things. Just some FYI.