She bites, pins her ears, and jolts to the side...HELP!?
My mare is only 3 1/2 right now and I am still training and breaking etc. I am working mostly on trails and in the roundpen. She is really good in the roundpen, but when it comes to trails we are having problems. She does not really spook, so that is not the issue. We throw things around her all the time and sack her out etc before rides and even during so she is pretty used to anything. A rabbit will jump and run out of a bush right under her feet and she will just look at it and keep walking. The issue seems to be when she has had enough, she just quits. If I ask her to move on or go in a direction that I want her to after that, she starts acting up terribly. She pins her ears (I think it is to intimidate me and IT WORKS) and then starts to either turn and bite my feet, or she will lurch to the side that she wants to go and try and get me off. She also has the issue of if I ask her to walk on or even trot/lope, she throws her head really bad and starts crowhopping. She even has a tie-down that I use but she ignores it. Honestly it scares me and makes me nervous and I think she knows which is why she keeps doing these things. Is there a way to work this out of her without getting myself thrown and without having to completely start over? Her groundwork is awesome and she has no issues with that. And her trust towards me is very obvious so I dont think any of that is the problem. Im thinking she is being very stubborn and testy...so does anyone have some sort of solution that I can try out with her?
"Do not -follow- where the path may lead. Go instead, where there is no path, and leave a trail." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson