Originally Posted by kimber769
Until recently I have always went riding with a friend but unfortunately she has moved and now I can't get my mare to go out by herself. She will go so far and then she will start tossing her head and backing up, eventually she will start popping up and she refuses to move forward even if I try leading her. What can I do to get her to ride out alone? I refuse to stop riding my horse because she is buddy sour but not sure what to do so any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
She's herd bound. I take my babies out on walks away from the pack. Bring a brush with you and take her out for a walk. Don't ride her, don't do anything demanding, just take her out for a walk. If she is really bad, then be gradual and start off by heading to a point where she starts to be fussy. Have a sit in the grass and spend time with her, or let her graze while you give her a grooming.
The problem with her behavior, is that she doesn't see you a her pack buddy. Until she trusts you and builds that bond where she learns and realizes she has nothing to worry about when with you, she won't settle with leaving her group of buddies. It will take time, and to be honest some horses are impossible to break from that issue.
Take your time, be gradual and make her realize its actually fun to head out for a good graze and scratch.