Originally Posted by Brittz
So the horse I'm going to lease has two small faults, the girl has said she is a little unhappy if she is tied for grooming or tacking up and can't see other horses. She will paw at the ground, nothing horrible like biting or bucking but how can this be fixed. Also if riding in big groups she is the 'lead mare' and might act a little grumpy pin her ears back, seem fed up.
Ways to fix these ? I'm not concerned at the moment considering I'm keen to work with this horse on a lot of things including schooling her with jumping so these minor things aren't a worry.
The girl who?.. Who owns her or who also rides her? If she's more than 5+ years old, heck, even 3+ years old, she needs to learn to stand still when grooming or tacking. And I mean like a statue. If she's not, try seeing if someone can lunge her and get her tired, there should be no reason for her to "want to look at other horses" or fidget at all during those two. If she paws at the ground, personally I'd kick her, but I don't tolerate pawing at the barn I ride at, and neither does ANYone else there.
If she rides in a big group, just ride with confidence, make it known that you're the boss while you're on her back, not her. You could get hurt that way if you don't