I am starting a QH mare just turning 6 . I rescued her from someone who bought her as a yearling, barely halter broke and then put her in a field and never touched her for almost 5 years( she was too beautiful to leave in a field ).
She had to be corralled into our trailor and from there to my round pen just before winter( Canadian Long winter uggh) . I am in a bit of a pickle given my circumstances. I got to spend 2 weeks with her before sending her to winter pasture. I haltered her and did round pen work, got her feet done etc in those 2 weeks.
I see her everyday in the field, she lets me brush her and pet her most days- but not always and she is extremely flagmatic. If I bring out any type of halter or rope, she is gone and wont come to me again for some time. For her own safety and to get her started 2 weeks ago, I wanted to get a halter on her, I had to trick her into a neck rope - she blasted off with the rope around her neck for the day - teaching her to pull away, uggh!!.
I had to trick her again, getting the rope and tying her to a post to get the halter on. She seems to be very smart, learns very quickly what to do to get away. Unfortunately my circumstances have only hindered good progress, though she has come far in letting me pet her and enjoying it. She is usually curious wants to be my friend most days- but does not like to be lead around much by halter( I don't put a rope on in - now fearing her pulling away with the rope attached).
Long story short, we will be starting her in round pen this next month. What do you recommend with a horse this age with this little progress ? ( i know Mustangs are started all the time, this circumstance seems harder- she has learned human behavior) I would have stalled her for the winter if I could have but again, circumstances...She seems to be lead mare of our 3 other well behaved friendly horses. Should she be comepletely separated from them for the entire training and stalled - if possible, just for training? Will a month alone in a round pen being worked with everyday make huge progress with a horse like this ? Any input would be helpful. ;)
She seems very smart and has never been mean, no biting or kicking at all. She has just been independant for so long. She is worth my effort.
-Note, I have been doing Natural Parelli type horsemanship off and on for 6 years.I am new here = hello everyone ;)