Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
We have had a lot of threads about this lately, but it's really quite common. Here's the deal, from somebody who has horses in the back yard and has kept mine with lots of turnout. Honestly, though, THIS is why a lot of us don't keep mares. The attitude is very mareish, even though the misbehavior is just horse.
You will need to work your horse away from a gate that leads away from the barn where she is stalled. It's a simple exercise and she won't freak.
You mount at that gate, CLOSED. You move away at the trot and circle back towards the gate, slowing to a walk. As soon as you get to the gate, cue for the trot.
REPEAT, REPEAT, REPEAT
Change directions and repeat the same # of times. Enough for 1 session.
Repeat again tomorrow. After about one week of this, move away from the gate at the canter, half-halt to the trot, then half-halt and halt-walk-halt on the way back towards the gate. I'd do this for a good month.
Your horse will NEVER get over wanting to run back towards the barn bc she feels safe there and her friends are there. BUT, you can make it clear to her that when you are aboard, racing back or misbehaving is not an option.
Last edited by Corporal; 04-26-2012 at 04:38 PM.