I was just wondering if I could have some help with my mare. When we go out on a trail she "Naps" (now, I'm pretty sure that's just an English term, so for a horse to nap, means that the horse with stop, refuse to go forward, back up, and in some cases do anything in their power not to take one step forward, and it's usually due to them being herd bound or not very confident)
Luckily, Indi doesn't do anything stupid, like rearing Etc, she just refuses to go forward, and often backs up too. It's because she hates leaving her beloved Dancer (a 24 year old OTTB, who's owned by someone else, so I can't even have someone lead her, and Indi follow, just to get her started) Dancer makes the situation worse by neighing to her frantically, and galloping back and forth (there are 2 other horses over the fence so I don't see her problem lol she still has company )
Indi's ground work is pretty good, and generally before we go out, we do join up & follow up, and she seems to trust and listen to me on the ground. And she also works fine when I'm riding her in the school. It's when I try and take her out. I don't really have someone else to ride with, and when I have someone walk with me, she still refuses.
I end up getting off, and leading her right up the field, away from Dancer. Then when I get on, she still naps (but not as bad), until the part when she realises we're heading home, when she becomes a normal, forward going trail horse. When we're part way through, she's not too bad, and when she naps, I apply pressure with my legs, ask her to go forward, and as soon as she steps forward, I release the pressure, we do this a few times then she gets the idea to go forward, as it's easier for her. But when I try this at the start of the trail, she just refuses, no matter how often I try, and it makes me so annoyed (I know that's the last thing you should get, but my patience just dwindles after a while, and I get so frustrated, as I know she can be good when we get half way through the trail )
Anyhoo, if anyone can help even slightly, I'd really appreciate this. (By the way, selling is NOT an option, because, despite the napping, I love her to bits)