Did you go all the way down the road? When I first introduced Lacey to the road, I ended up only going maybe a football field away from home (not sure how many feet/yards/miles that is, haha). Each successive time I took out we went a little bit further.
The main thing I was trying for was to keep her calm enough that she could listen to me fully. I did not want her to get too agitated because then, imo, she'd just go into self preservation mode and any new thing would be met with "OMG" and fear instead of calmly checking it out and creating a good experience for the next time we saw that object.
At least in Lacey's world, when she starts trying to eat, that's her way of saying "I am SO pushed over my limit right now, I absolutely cannot handle this." Of course, if Frida is a little piggy and tries to eat all the time just to get away with stuff, that's not what's going on. But if she's anything like Lacey in that respect...
So, my advice would be to take her out again, but go smaller! As soon as she starts tensing up, give her something to succeed at: take two more steps down the road, circle, if she wants to sniff whatever it is, let her! Do something to get her mind moving, and then turn around and go home. The next time you go out, go a little bit farther past that place, rinse and repeat. Haha eventually, you'll end up going the entire way, calmly.
Alternatively, you could just keep going all the way and she'll most likely calm down eventually, but when I was reteaching Lacey about the road, I felt much more comfortable with the way I outlined. =)
Also, now Lacey and I can ride all the way down the road and she's totally fine. A few things still scare her about it, but most of the time she just plods along like it's no biggy and before, everything was a HUGE deal. There is hope!
Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding
Rest peacefully, Lacey.
Last edited by Wallaby; 03-20-2010 at 03:07 PM.