Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
It can take lots of time, patience, and praise. Remember, it is very unnatural for a horse to be alone without the safety of the herd. If possible, ride (or pony) her with a seasoned trail horse. When introducing new environments, I always start our two young ones with our 14 yr old 'been there, done that' seasoned mare. They will go anywhere she does and learn from her....and this really makes the process faster, but you do want to get to the point where she trusts you like she would trust the lead horse. Once she's more comfortable (or if you can't do that), go out alone as you did...short distances at first, riding or in hand (I would saddle her, though), expanding her comfort zone slowly. It's OK to let her stop and look when she gets uncomfortable. If needed, turn back, circle, and try forward again. When she's reached her limit for the trip, though, praise, and go on to your other routines. Always end on a good note, take your time, have fun.
On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.