I'm raising my first foal and she will be 2 years old in March. She stands tied, lunges, picks up all 4 feet, loads, etc. She has come very far in leading; when we first started training she would rear and pull back, not to mention walk so fast she'd almost drag you.
I'm hoping to start her EXTREMELY LIGHTLY under saddle in the summer, so I've been doing prep work with her. We've been focusing on ponying on trails, however we've hit a snag. When she gets rowdy or upset, she hits the end of the lead, thrashes, bucks, etc. During our last ride I was almost kicked. Friends recommended I take her back to the basics with leading, and oh my lanta what a brat!
She leads well, as long as you go where she wants. If you try to get her to do something else, she takes off bucking and rearing, hits the end of the lead and throws a tantrum. I'm taking her on walks a few days a week and my goal is to get her hiking trails, getting her listening to me on trails and not just the other horse during ponying. Normally once I wait out her tantrums (they normally only happen once per session, and last 30 seconds - 1 minute) she's an absolute angel, yields hind quarters and forequarters, supples, lunges, leads without pulling, etc. It just seems to take that one show that I'm serious.
All this being said; she's an Arab/draft cross who is 15 hands and 1,000 ish pounds. I have 2 kids under 5 years old and I'm terrified I'll get hurt during one of her immature tirades. My husband thinks she's a demon and wants me to sell her.
Is this a stage she will outgrow? Did anyone have a rowdy yearling that turned into a well behaved, quiet horse? What were the exercises you used to get through such tantrums? We're working on getting to hiking and ponying, I'm just at a loss for her bucking and carrying on.
She's my first foal I've raised and I'm learning as I go, please be kind.