Hello I'm new here, and other than the intro thread, this will be my first "official" post. Let me start by saying I haven't ridden in 20 years
and just purchased a paint mare about 2 weeks ago. Its been a learning curve for sure.
When I first got her, she had to board at the neighbor's place for about 3 days. She was in the pasture with his mare and gelding, and in a separate pasture was his paint stallion. As you can imagine they talked a lot!
Anyway, after about 3 days we moved her to our pasture (fencing issues delayed her immediate living arrangement) and although she can still see him, he is a fair distance away. They still talk, but its the short long distance chats. I've been riding her every day that its not pouring rain, and we've been doing well learning each other. Unfortunately, her previous owners taught her to rear up (sp) while in parades, and she seems to think she can do it at any given moment. Especially if I try to make her stop for any length of time....it seems to be her cue to do it.
Fast forward to yesterday.....it was a beautiful day, and we headed out for a ride. For the first time since I've had her, we were both very relaxed. Her head was low, not the usual "high alert" up and snorting. She wasn't trying to "parade prance" and she was doing great. That is, until we circled around to go by the neighbor's place. It was all fine until she got to their driveway, then it hit the fan. She wanted to go to him sooo bad! I tried to keep her moving past, no dice. I spun her around and it got worse. Then she started rearing up. The first 2 were small, but the third was so high we both almost went over backwards. She actually stumbled back! I immediately dismounted and walked her home. I didn't even let her turn her head in his direction.
So my question is.....what would you do? I don't know if I can break a 14 year old horse of her rearing up, since trying to make her back up triggers it. And it seems to be a "tantrum" thing as well. Making her stop for any length of time will induce this behavior as well. And it doesn't matter if her chin is on her chest or not, up she goes! I don't have a problem staying on when it happens, I just don't want her to get too panicked and go over backwards.