05-19-2011, 10:40 AM
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I have tried a variety of different techniques. Usually what happens is she spots a horse in the distance either on someones property or on the trail, her head goes up, eyes get big, she starts snorting & whinnys, tail goes straight up, and she bobs her head and starts prancing and pulling. That’s when I tense up (because it is very scary) and have tried turning her in circles or tried keeping her moving in figure eights. This just upsets her more and rearing and bucking are added to the mix. I have also tried turning her in the opposite direction to get her going away from the horse, but she just keeps backing up, turning, bouncing and keeps her body in the direction of the other horse. I have also tried “correcting” her by a few quick pulls on the lead rope to say “hey, unacceptable”, and get her mind on me and off of the distraction. This usually gets her rearing and bucking too. On the opposite side of the spectrum , I have tried getting her to calm down by asking her to lower her head, but she is completely in another world, and pays no attention to the cues she has mastered at home. I have done extensive ground work with her and she is respectful and well behaved at home, other than crow hopping when she changes gates from a trot to a canter. Any advice on what I may be doing wrong would be greatly appreciated. I have heard that I need to stay calm, that horses can sense when you are scared, but it is truly freightening when she does this and it is very dangerous.