Training Middle Aged Thoroughbred Tips needed!
I currently started working with a Thoroughbred, approx. 15 years old. She used to race, but has not for many years, and used to be well trained. The farm i'm at mostly focuses on therapudic riding, and she has a few bad habits, which left her stuck in a paddock for the past year, not able to be used for our program. She's still in very good shape, and knows her stuff deep down somewhere, but there are a few things i'm having trouble with that I just need some advice on how to correct properly, and if they need to be corrected. First, she has separation anxiety. She is in a paddock with two other geldings, and refuses to move even a step if I come to take her out. I normally take this 3 some out together and excersice them in our indoor arena because they all need exercise, which is ok for now, but i know i'm going to want to just take her out. Sometimes I can get her out if I pull her from side to side, making her take steps, but usually I take one of the geldings out first, and then her second. I take her out into the ring and ride her alone, and she's fine, knowing her boys are close by in the barn. But if I take her back to the paddock first, or get her into the barn first, and she's left alone for a few minutes, she freaks. I was hoping getting her by herself for a very short time would help break her of this, but i'm not sure, and worry it's making it worse. any advise on this?
Also, from what I understand, due to her past in racing, she gets very feisty in cross ties. She is a complete angel 99% of the time...til I sadde up. She doesn't care if the tack is on her, but the second I actually put the saddle pad/saddle/girth on, or mess with it...she pins her ears back, kicks her hind legs, and bites at the cross ties. This doesn' bother me so much, because i'm aware shes going to do it, i just worry she's going to kick someone or bite someone walking by, and it does seem like it's worse now, than when i first started riding her.
Any advice on how to handle these two habits?