Countrylove: Thank you soo much, I am going to save what you said and go back to it every time I forget!!!
Now.. for the questions you asked in your 'novel'...
1. I don't give her treats at all, she eats hay, salt block and mineral tub.
2. I am not sure about the feeding part. I wish I could, but hay is in the pen 24/7.
3. Yes she does tie, very well, I am working on getting her to tie for longer periods of time, without her pawing at the ground.
Thanks again, I really appreciate the time you put into this, and it will make a difference. Next time I go out, I will walk her around, take her places she doesn't like to go, and mix it up a lot.
What we want is to make you important. Scratch her favorite spot, let her graze on some nice grass when she's out (remember even when being rewarding and behaving keep your rules consistent. I often forget myself and am so happy with her behavior that I get soft and of course she knows it and tries to get away with whatever she can). Not being able to feed her is not a big deal. It helps the process but not needed. Mix up fun and games with work. We do something she wants like grazing but only after I get some work from her. We do short frequent sessions always random. Some relaxed and some more vigorous. Just keep her thinking. Its important to keep them thinking especially young ones but the younger they are the shorter the attention span, so don't push too hard and always end on a good note. I know I repeated some things but they are important to remember and I've personally been there. My mare was pushy and disrespectful, wouldn't work, thank god not aggressive at all, no bite, rear, kick, or buck but she was a space invader and would run people over and pin you against the fence with her butt. We had a few come to Jesus meetings and started working on the small stuff. The details are important. Keep it simple as well.
Best advice to remember is Every single time you interact with her is a training session. Even if its a quick pet and walk away.
Oh never let her boss other horses around while you are there. If she does get after her. YOU are the lead mare, not her.
MOST IMPORTANT is CONSISTENCY even if the training sessions aren't the rules HAVE to be.
Also touch her everywhere and I mean everywhere. Keep touching areas she doesn't like until she accepts it.
Desensitize her to things like bags and tarps. Use the lead rope to swing around her legs and over her back gently of course and don't stop until she stands for a few swings. Nudge her nose in if she goes to leave and do not stop swinging the rope over her. When you can do all the feet, back, butt, and neck without her moving switch sides and repeat.
Remember what you teach on one side has to be retaught on the other side. The brain thinks independently on each side and often one side will be more difficult than the other.
I have a few videos I'll post for you of some of the desensitizing work I did with my mare.
Again brain block but I'm sure I'll think of more activities for you to try :) Posted via Mobile Device