Originally Posted by Palomine
You can also try taking some grain with you, and feeding away from the barn too.
That breaks the association of barn=food.
And don't grain when return to barn, just hay.
I have taken a halter to switch over to, and have, depending on horse, just grained with bridle on, although don't like to.
You can also try when jigging home, making her stop and stand still, or making her work slow circles each time she speeds up.
I had never thought of this. Interesting idea, I might have to try it!
I have had a Foxtrotter mare for a little over a year. There were probably about 2 months last summer I couldn't even ride her because she was really pregnant, and then after the foal was born I couldn't take her out for a couple months either because he was so young. So she was off at least 4 months total.
Anyway, every time she has a break, and that's anything longer than a few days, she gets all hyper and I have to work on getting her to walk home again. If I keep her "in the groove" and ride her everyday or every other day, she is fine. But if she sits at all, it's like we have to start all over again. Plus, because of that break during the summer, I really don't feel like I've had a full year of good riding on her, and it's always been my opinion that it takes a good year to really get to know a horse.
So anyway, I might try taking her grain with us on trail rides. Maybe she will relax and look forward to going instead of hurrying to get home. Worth a shot anyway.