Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
I would see if you can get your hands on a "be-nice" or rope halter that can give you a little more leverage. These kind of behavior extends further than simply being anxious for food, she also has inappropriate ground manners. If you can work with her when it's not feed time, just get her moving in hand, walk, trot, halt, back, side-step, turn on the haunches, turn on the forehand. The point is to get her to yield to you as the leader, and for you to be able to control her body. While leading her in for meal time, you are pretty correct in your thinking. If you pay close attention, you'll be able to tell when she is prepared to lunge forward to drag you. If you can catch her before she starts preparing, simply turn her away from the barn. When she is calm walking away from the barn, turn her back towards the barn and walk her to the barn. If she starts getting antsy again, turn back around. It may take a while, but she'll learn. When you finally do take off her halter, put the lead rope over her neck so you still have control. Take the halter off slowly; keep it on her nose until she is come, keep the rope around her neck until she is calm, and then release her.
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