Hi Everyone :)
I am having a strange issue with my new APHA mare. I have had her for going on 2 months now. Just about 3 weeks or so ago, she started having issues with being brushed, and even being loved on.
When I am grooming her to ride, I don't tie or cross tie her because I was told she had never been cross tied before. I normally just ground tie her so to speak, as the previous owner did. And at first she did great with that. Totally fine. And like I said, about 3 weeks ago, she started to act antsy/nervous when I would brush her, even with a soft body brush. She would start to shy away, walk around in circles. Anything to avoid contact with the brush. For the life of me, I don't know of anything that has happened that would have scared her, or anything I have done that has hurt her in any way.
Some of you may suggest cross tying or tying her, and I have thought of that, but I'm afraid she may get so scared that she would pull back and break her halter, rope, etc. And then I would really have a fear issue on my hands, I believe.
I don't know of anything physically that could be wrong with her. She is not affected under saddle at all. In fact, when I am saddling and bridling her, it's like someone pushed the "calm" button. She relaxes totally and is great when I ride her. No issues there. I just don't understand what's happened with her as far as the grooming. She is a very loving horse and I know she enjoys being loved on but at the same time she seems scared.
Any ideas/suggestions to help her get over this?