Horse is nervous and panicky
I was given my mare in July, and she hadn't been used for anything in at least 5 years. I am a new horse owner, and have spent the last 7 months doing nothing but ground work, trust building, playing, and liberty work. This past Monday was to be our first real ride, out on the trail with the other 2 horses from my barn. We made it around the backside of the barn, then all hell broke loose. She sat back on her haunches, and RAN backwards, stepping on her tail and scaring herself further. I got her to stand for a few seconds, then she starting spinning in circles, trying to get back to the barn. Basically, it seems as though not only is she herd bound, she's barn sour as well. I've taken a few steps back, and gone back to ground work and respect. We have started separating her from the others at turnout, and when I'm working with her, we're trying new things. Now, when the other horses are close, I make her work, work, work. If she wants a break, we walk away from the others, so she understands that being separated isn't a bad thing. I was lunging her yesterday, out of sight of the other horses, and she completely panicked. She was running me over on the line, and paying absolutely NO attention to me. When I tried to get her to join up with me, she wouldn't acknowledge I was even there, rather she backed up and reared, screaming for the others. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE can someone give me some ideas or games/exercises I can do with my girl?? Just for reference, I have no round pen, no ring, etc. It's just the paddock and pasture area, as we are at a very small hobby farm with only 3 horses. Thank you!