Try with force again, and when she rears and strikes whack her again... Kayty is absolutely right - meet her force with a bigger force and mean it. Our mare and gelding are turned out with my yearling (very late yearling, so only 7 months old) all day, and when she gets too big for her britches, they both will charge her with teeth bared, and spin to give her a kick - we as puny humans can't come close to delivering the "lessons" a yearling gets from the big horses.
My then 6 month old filly struck out at me (out of fear when I first brought her home) and I whacked her with the lead rope across her leg and yelled LOUDLY "OT OT OT!"
She reared up and struck again and I ran her backwards yelling and popping her until she got back on all fours - then I immediately backed off and gave her that release from all pressure, telling her softly she was a good girl. Then we worked on walk - whoa - back for a few minutes and ended on a good note. That was the one and only time she has ever tried to strike.
I also bring our baby in every night for her feeding, and after she eats she gets tied in her stall briefly and I groom her from head to toe, pick up and tap her feet, lead her up and down the barn aisle working on walk, whoa and back verbal cues, and desensitization with towels, clippers, jackets, etc... I find that as she gains confidence she has fewer and fewer minutes where it looks like she may be thinking about being naughty...
Maybe your filly just lacks confidence and needs more opportunities to gain it?
There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. - Nelson Mandela
Last edited by Ace80908; 02-22-2012 at 09:57 PM.