Temper Tantrum, Help please!
Hi everyone, I am so happy to be a part of this forum. It sounds like a place I would like to visit often.
Well I was given a 2 year old Tennessee Walker x Quarter horse filly last Thanksgiving (2011) The horse was to be taken for slaughter if I didn’t take her. I didn’t know a thing about horse training, but together we have come far-ish. She will stand for grooming, lunge very good, she will have tarps rubbed all over her. She will stand on anything I ask her to. She will even stand for her feet to be tied together to simulate vines and brush…she doesn’t flinch. She knows how to back up, and turn on command. She is now happy to be rubbed all over her body. We got her into saddle and she has been doing awesome with it. BUT, I keep her in the back yard on about 2 acres more or less. She ate up the grass in there within a month, so now she has good quality hay (large 5x4) and her sweet feed 2x daily with a cup at about 11 pm as a bedtime treat. Well, the front yard is grass, but we do not have any fencing around it and the main road is right there. Last week I took her out to graze the grass in the front on her lunge rope. We walked around for about an hour and she threw the biggest temper tantrum to stay out there. I know grass is such a natural food to a horse, it must be hell to see it all day and not to be able to eat it. But today I got her saddled up and she wanted to go into the front again. She bucked, reared and just about threw me off. I jumped down and told her to go back to “Her tree” which is the dismounting spot, and end of lesson spot. She decided that a tantrum was only beginning. She threw herself around that much, she fell and almost hurt herself. Now, I am totally scared to get back on her tomorrow, but I know I should. We are moving home soon as we need her in a pasture. This will help financially too, as the hay is expensive. We cannot afford a trainer at all. Both the horse (Bronwyn) and myself have bonded so beautifully, she is always relaxed when I enter her place, she will greet me with her head down, yawning and nuzzling gently for that kiss she gets! I am at a loss how to tell a horse she cannot have any grass in the front yard? I thought she had better manners than throwing a fit after an hour of grazing, but she is a strong girl and I was very aware of the dangers she was presenting me with. Any help will be much appreciated. Right now I am thinking of going back to basics, Lunging her every time I go out and treating her like a baby again. I know she is still a baby, as she is 3 next month, but basics is all I know. Thanks so much for ANY advice.