Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
JUST teach her ground manners. Expect her to be PERFECT:
6) turning on the HQ, while in halter
7) turning on the forehand, while in halter
Start small with small expectations, and deMAND that she obey, then stop, pet and praise, and let her think about YOU as the head broodmare.
I would suggest that you start watching Clinton Anderson and Dennis Reis (RFD.tv) and apply their ground training principles, such as expecting your horse to drop her head to practically the ground and tip it towards you while you halter her. This is submission. I had to get over some fears after a gelding threw me and broke my arm a few years back, and I bought a 16'2hh (NOW 16'3hh) gelding, and I didn't trust him.
NOW, he drops his head to wait for the halter (or the rope, which I often use around his neck to lead from stall to turnout). EVERY TIME he forgets, I discipline and DEMAND the correct action, and then praise him. I don't fear him and he doesn't fear me. But he DOES respect me.
Whenever I turn him out with a halter, he knows "around" which is to walk around the gate and "over", to put his head, halter and lead over the gate and wait until I release him. I don't care if after the halter is off, he decides to run around and be stupid bc that's his right when he is turned out. HE just knows NOT to do it next to me.
Btw, all three of my horses come up to me when I go out in my four acres of pastures. I don't have to chase any of them. Been there, done that.
You'll feel much better about this mare after you teach her some manners. I don't think you should keep her. You bought a mare with baggage and you don't have my 30 years of horse training under your belt, or any other trainer's experience and she WILL disappoint you. But, by teaching her excellent ground manners, she'll sell better and a new owner will have some foundation to work with, something you do not currently have.
Hope this helps! =D