06-13-2011, 12:36 AM
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Well we have certainly come a long way thus far with our mare, Kate. We got her 6 weeks ago and have gone from not being able to touch her, or even go near her, to grooming her, having her come to me when she is called, standing calmly and quietly to be haltered, she will even let me pick up her feet. Well, the haltering bit developed about a week ago, we added a 10 ft lead a couple days later, and after one day of work and lots of love and praise, she will let us lead her left, right, and even backwards as of today. HOWEVER, she will NOT go forward! I can lead her in a circle making her yield her hindquarters all day, in any direction, she will walk backwards for as far as I like, but when I try to simply move forward in a straight line, she acts like a stubborn mule! When I attempt this, I stand to her right side, facing the same direction as her, my right shoulder to her left withers, and hold the lead in my right hand just a few inches from her halter... any suggestions???