Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Missouri
The egg or balloon only works occasionally, not very reliable, and can make things worse. If it doesn't work the first time, DON'T try it again. And if at all possible try it in a round pen, so if she should bolt and run, you can regain control. I've use the trick a few times. I always used a warm water balloon. It only worked on a couple of horses.
Buddy sour-Barn sour, is cured thru training and absence. Training until the horse does nothing until asked by the handler. Absence, kept them away from the buddy 100% of the time until the training is complete. And stay at the barn until the training is complete.
I'd suggest, go back to ground school 101. Teach the horse a true freeze whoa. Teach the horse side pass, half pass, back, and any thing else you can think of from the ground. And have her respond instantly, every time, before ever riding her. During training session, she should do nothing that the handler does not ask for, nothing.
It is impossible for a well trained horse to be buddy sour or barn sour, or rear. That means until the horse knows it well, the handler must always be in control. No relaxing and letting the horse do it's thing.
And let's not forget, the horse was not this way in the beginning, it was taught this by humans. Probably not intentional, but taught, none the less. The job now is to undo the wrong training.