Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
You need to work more on getting her to focus on you, more so than "calm her down." If her feet are moving, she can't focus on the shenanigans in the next pasture. If you aren't trotting her yet, I would start working up to it. In the mean time, see if you can get her to leg yield or side-step, or even pivot. Bring her attention to her feet. Don't say, "it's okay, he's just being silly over there." Instead, say, "I'm asking you to do this, now."
When she is trotting, I would work on circles, serpentines, change of direction, and transitions during moments like this. I personally like the impulsion of the trot to get a horse to focus, there just isn't enough energy in the walk, you know?
Good luck! And don't let yourself get nervous, because that'll just make it worse.
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
Last edited by riccil0ve; 01-07-2013 at 05:19 PM.