Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: York, Pennsylvania
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I made an account just to reply to this post, because that's exactly how my thoroughbred used to be.
Was she ever raced?
Racehorses are typically treated roughly at the track, don't get chances for form normal herds, et cetera. This leads to long-term mental damage, like your horse is showing, and mine was until recently.
I have an 11-year-old thoroughbred mare, who used to have a similar problem.
I bought her when she was nine, and she would be a nervous wreck whenever separated from the others. She would pace in her stall, and was terrible in crossties, would not stand, and spooked at the tiniest things because she was so worried all of the time.
She will NOT grow out of it, it will only get worse, unless you do something about it.
Parelli helps a lot. Your horse is more interested in the other horses than she is in you, and Parelli can help to change that.
Spending time in the pasture is a really good idea- in fact, it's step one of Parelli's level 1 program. Just go out to the pasture and sit there. Don't touch your horse unless she touches you first. Don't bring carrots, or bushes, just sit out there. Don't make 'eye contact' with the horse either. Just watch her out of the corner of your eye until she is calmer around you, and less worried about the other horses.