A girl that boards with us has a horse she has been riding for about 4 months now. This horse had an attitude about everything. Ask her to do more than walk, she would pin her ears, cow kick or try to bite a leg. She now w/t/c both ways in round pen or arena, will go over or around anything, no attitude. We took her for her first trail ride, she did great, followed along, no spook, listening great. The next trail ride, she did not want to go forward. She would not follow the other horses, kept trying to go back home. We ended up ponying her the rest of the way. Next ride, she freaked out tied to the trailer, flipped over and broke her lead, and took off. She didn't even care she was in a strange place and the other horses were at the trailer. Finally caught her, started ride, she still didn't want to follow. We ponied again. Next ride we took her to our pasture that has some decent hills. She refused to go up, working her at the bottom and working our way up finally got her up. Her owner started riding her in the arena more, she started rearing when she didn't want to do something. This scared her owner, they got worse to the point she was almost going over backwards. The next day I started ground driving her. We came to something she didn't want to do, she went up and got a sting on the butt with my whip. This pissed her off, she proceeded to go up at least 15 times until she finally shot forward and did as asked. A simple left circle at a trot. At the end of the session she dropped the attitude and did everything she was told, relaxed and happy. After a week of ground driving mixed with riding, she is perfect in the arena and around the property. We decided to ground drive her on the trails. She had a complete meltdown. Rearing, running backwards, trying to spin around to go home, she was horrible. She flat out refused to take one step forward. She did at least a mile of backing up without taking any chances given to turn and go forward. She finally took three steps forward with a lot of encouragement, I made a huge deal out of it, let her rest, then turned her around and went home.
Today I rode her in the arena, she was great. Then I asked her to walk down the driveway that takes us to our trail, like normal she didn't want to leave home. After ten minutes of stopping her attempts to back up or turn around, she finally went forward. I then jumped off, lossened her cinch, and led her back.
I have never met a horse that fights like she does. She could care less about any other horse, she just wants to be home. Circles don't work anymore, spanking to get forward movement doesn't work, the only thing that does work is backing her up or blocking her moves until she decides to go forward. I am so messed up with her, I am willing to try clicker training. Any ideas?
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