I've been hearing how horrible my mare's ground manners are from my barn owner. I've been told she is charging people in the field, charging in and out of her stall...just hearing nasty things about her.
My problem is, she does NOTHING like this with me. Her ground manners are 99% perfect when I handle her. She is always easy to lead, never rushes in or out of her stall, and has never charged me. When she does something, it's usually very minor and I have never had to correct her more than once.
I don't believe they are lying. But I'm at a loss of how to teach her to respect other people when she always behaves so well for me.
They always act surprised about her mellow attitude with me.
Am I wrong in thinking that it's ultimately up to them to get respect from her, or how the heck would I go about teaching her that I'm not the only person she has to behave for? This is something I've never had to deal with. At first I didn't even believe she was doing any of what they were saying because she is always so well behaved for me.
Given, this barn owner's own horses have some pretty rude ground manners, I'm wondering if she is just incompetent to keep her in line period. I'm leaving for a variety of reasons, I will not elaborate on.
But I definitely do not want to go to the new barn with a mare who will be sour to everyone but her owner. Even though I'm pretty sure the manager at the new barn is more than capable of earning her respect pretty quick, I still worry that she might really test them.
Has anyone else ever dealt with an issue like this?