So my mare is too smart for her own good. A few weeks ago, she spooked herself in the crossties when she knocked a bucket of brushes over. She snapped her quick-release halter, and at the time I was thankful for it as she was really freaked out.
Now, however, she knows she can escape and it has become a game. She snapped her quick-release again a couple weeks later, out of the blue with no spook. I switched her into a regular, non quick-release after this, hoping that would solve it. But she’s figured out how to yank her head out, and has escaped twice from her regular halter.
She doesn’t seem to know what to do after it happens—she escapes and then just looks smug. She will turn around towards the door as if she’s going to bolt out, but has yet to actually do it. I’ve been dealing with her being pretty herd-bound to a foal in her paddock, and I have a feeling it’s only a matter of time before she tries to bolt back to the baby.
How do I knock this behaviour? I don’t want her to hurt herself or anyone else, and I’m not really sure how to get it across to her that this isn’t ok!