Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Franklinville, NJ
• Horses: 0
New Horse, Food Stubborn
We recently purchased a horse at an auction. Supposedly the horse was a trail horse that is 4 years old and was great with kids.
She is well mannered in the pen except when she is around our other horse which is also a mare that is blind as well, the two don't seem to get along so we keep them seperated. The only other thing is when she knows its time to eat she paws the ground and leans on the stall fences seemingly in anticipation of whats about to come.
Twice now I have lead her over the the yard to graze on grass.
Today for the first time we saddled her up and everything went real well, no surprises, no fudging she did great tacking her. My wife got on her in the pen and again, no problems mounting or leading her around the pen, I might add that we did not use a bridle and bit just reins on her halter.
We decided to lead her out the pen into the open to see how she would do and when see saw grass she became anxious. I believe she is associating being led out of the pen with getting her graze because until now the only time she has been lead out of the pen was to get graze.
I made sure not to allow her to graze or get any grass while she was under saddle being led.
My wife then got back on her and I led her around on the ground with her in saddle. The whole time she was real anxious and stubborn, not rearing or making noise just real fidgety and not wanting to be led. On the third pass around she bucked, not real wild her feet barely left the ground but enough to send the wife over the horn and onto the horses neck and then from there she climbed down off of her. My wife immedeatly got back on her for another trip around and the horse was still anxious but did not buck again.
My question is this: Do I need to spend more time with this horse saddled up and outside of the pen and not allowing her to eat or get her way for that matter. I seems to me that's what I should do so she associates being under saddle with not being able to graze. Or, is there some other method I should try to train around this FOOD STUBBORNESS.
Thanks in advance