So, I'm helping out a local family by training the four horses in their backyard. I've had great luck with their placid gelding, dog-like mini and even a rescued Appy mare. The fourth is the Appy's baby.
Molasses is a year old and sweet as can be. So far things are going well, but I was wondering if anyone could give me advice on the one thing I'm getting stuck on. The family hasn't done much work with Molasses, but she is a good little one. I can pick all her feet up, take her halter on and off, touch her anywhere on her body, but she has an issue with leading.
I presume she just doesn't understand what it means. I have complete control over her hindquarters, I have work with following me in circles, trying to change direction if she tries to stop, but it's the straight thing she won't do. Even the slightest bit of tension and she plants her feet.
I do work with her in their field, where all of the other horses are. The mini has actually helped because I have been giving up some leadrope and then giving tiny tugs and trying to get her to walk to me. the mini likes attention so much that he comes to me and she walks over so she won't be alone. I can put the other horses away though if anyone thinks that will help.
Sorry this was long. Thanks for reading.