New horse came I don't know, maybe 3 weeks ago? She's still new to me as I am to her. I'm not expecting her to act PERFECT as it hasn't even been a month that I've had her but I would like to get opinions...
She has been a pasture puff for about a year. Last Sunday we were working on ground manners all over again because like I said, she's basically been a pasture puff. She was perfect in every way. Did everything wonderfully. So we worked on standing for the mounting block....she stood perfectly there as well. So then I just leaned over her to see how she would do taking the weight of a rider again and she was standing there acting as if she was saying "get on already!!" so I just sat on her and we walked around and everything went wonderfully. I was so happy and it made my whole day of how perfect she was for a horse who just sat for a year.
The next day, Monday she was in heat (go figure). COMPLETE you-know-what. Like bad. Not the horse she was the day before. I couldn't even lead her around without her rearing and being a complete a-hole about everything. I reprimanded her every time she was completely out of line but wasn't as hard on her as I should have been because this is a new place to her, and her first heat cycle with a new herd, etc. Which I shouldn't have done, but we live and learn.
Fast forward to today. She still isn't the same but has now became super buddy/herd sour..she has gotten alot better with it as she is slowly coming out of heat (it started the first day she went into heat). First day she was rearing on the lead line and running me off to the side because we were no where in sight of her 'buddy' and she was pissed.
**as a side note- she does get separated at night regardless being she is the new horse and she gets beat up badly when left in the field over night. She also only has one eye so that is partially why she gets so beat up and she is also low on the totem pole. She is in a grass arena with two other horses anyway but can still see her buddy and the field from the arena**
Today she was fine to lead. I lead her away from her buddy and put her in the arena for the night and she began pawing at the gate (this is also something else she has been doing ever since she became buddy sour. She has always pawed, but never at the gate. She was also running the fence line furiously the first few days she was in heat but she isn't running it any more, just walks it sometimes.) so I sat on the gate with a lead and every time she pawed at it I would chase her away and make her work and after a few times of her doing this she soon realized that it wasn't going to fly and she gave up.
Soon after, I went and worked with her. I just lead her around casually. Working on some ground manners and she did good with them. But then out of no where she flys backwards. I'm thinking that is a respect thing big time. She doesn't get away with it. When she does it I make her work again. I'm starting to think that is her way of having a 'temper tantrum' ...well it isn't going to fly one bit because it's dangerous and I'm not dealing with a 14 hh pony who thinks they can rule the roost. No Way. She will stand calmly and the next minute she does something stupid. She isn't like herself still ever since she went into heat but she is slowly calming back down. It's been a week on Monday so we will see how that goes.
I did buy some raspberry leaves though just to try them on her and *see* how it goes, but it's only day two so who's to say that they will work, ya know?
Once she had her tantrum today we did a long session of ground work, off the lead. I would walk next to her and say walk and she did it. Then I'd lay my hand against her chest and say ho and she was doing pretty good. Then I'd make her stand and she got a bit ancy but did good despite of what she did earlier that day.
I have been reading alot of posts about buddy sourness and pawing and alot of the replies were to tye them to a tree or something sturdy and let them work it out themselves, and once they realize that its just easier to stand/stop pawing the problems will eventually stop. I also read this reply of "tying the horse to a tree" for the buddy sourness problem alot too.
What would you guys suggest? I've only had her 3 weeks so I'm sure it's clear she doesn't respect me yet but how do I fix that? Before she went into heat she seemed to of started to trust me alot but as soon as she got into heat her minds been else where. I don't have a round pen I can work in either :/
Any suggestions are helpful as I always like to hear others opinions and ways to handle/ deal with these situations!
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