Problems, problems, problems ...
So, I am having a few problems with Lia.
1.) She will not come to me in the pasture. She has 13 acres to roam on, and boy does she do that. When I pull up she starts walking away, this is bad. I go out with treats, hay, no rope ... and can barely catch her. Today was REALLY bad. She was running away from me. I started feeding treats to the other horses and she got jealous and came in for some treats and I caught her ... *sigh*
So then I brought her into the round pen to groom her and was going to saddle her again (we are just introducing the saddle) she started being disrespectful so I free lunged her, and she was lunging disrespectfully, if that makes sense. When we were finished we went on with our routine.
I ground tied her and went to get my brushes. I returned and she backed away from me and laid her ears back, I wacked her with the end of the lead rope and it hit her so hard I immediately felt terrible. I walked her around, returned to our spot and ground tied her again. I went onto brushing her. Her ears where back the entire time and she was just irritable. (No pain or anything and did not try to kick or do anything bad.)
She has been like this lately, but not this bad at all. In fact, she is often sour with me. So today I just brushed her, fed her and left it at that. I honestly feel like she hates me. =/ I do not know what to do. Perhaps I moved too quick with her training and it is kicking me in the butt ... I don't know. The BO seems to think she was being bitchy because it was so windy. I think otherwise.
2.) The BO has been changing the feeding schedule. She says it depends on her work schedule. So last week the graining was at 7 am and 5 pm, this week it is 1130 am and 5 pm ... should I be concerned? They all have free choice hay and actually have grass in the pasture right now.
HELP! Ughh... I have been thinking of just going out to feed her for a while and not mess with her much. Idea's?
Dahlia <3 1/4/2012