Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Spooking while on a lead line
Although my mare is quiet most of the time, I'm having an issue when I take her out of the barnyard area to let her graze on grass. I keep her on the lead line, and walk and talk to her, petting her etc. She is very nervous, and will spook for little things like a snap of a twig.
She seems to do this more with me than if my husband leads her. I'm not nervous when I handle her, and I'm the one that always feeds her, cleans her stall, and grooms her for the most part, but it's getting to the point where I am starting to feel edgy about leading her out, because yesterday she bolted and pretty much ran right through me and I ended up with a black eye because her forehead smacked me in the face as she bolted.
She didn't run far enough for me to lose the lead line, I still hung on, but got a rope burn in the process too.
She's a good girl 99% of the time, she will follow me to the barn and stop when I stop, even when she's not on a lead, and I can get her to back up when I bring out oats for her in the morning, no matter how badly she wants in the pail. All in all, I feel she is a very quiet horse except for the spooking issue.
I have ridden her inside her barnyard and she's great, but I'm afraid to take her outside her area for fear that she will bolt when I'm on her, since I can't even take her out on a lead line.
Comments or suggestions, anyone?
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