My barn owner agreed to let me train (well help train cause she's working with her also) her 4 year old paint mare named Zoey. She is pretty good under saddle, but I've noticed lately that she invades people's personal bubbles alot. She also tries to push me out of the way so she can get a better look out of the stall door or to get at something that I'm blocking.
At the moment I'm just doing ground work with her...I want her to mind my space and not be pushy or get too close to someone when they don't want a horse literally next to you.
Usually what I do is if she gets pushy, I'll make her back up 5 steps and have her stay there for 5 seconds (the time increases when she can stand for the whole time without trying to walk away...we are at 10 seconds now). Once she stands for 5 seconds, I'll praise her and give her a small carrot.
As for her respecting my space I'll really just do the same thing...if she gets too close to me I'll make her back up.
The progress is going alright, it is working...little by little she is learning not to get REALLY close unless I invite her to come in.
Am I approaching this the right way? When I first got Sonny that's how I did it because he also was pushy and didn't respect my space and it worked for him...but just wanted to get everyone's input.
What else can I do to help her get better ground manners?
We are trying to turn her into a good beginner safe lesson horse for the little kids. She won't be used until the barn owner is 200% sure that she'll be good for it and that the kids will be safe on her back.