Leading when it's dark and windy...I guess it depends on your situation, but the way I look at it, my mare lives outside. She can graze and walk and do whatever she wants when it's windy and dark...she better darn well be able to lead, too. I have a very different situation than you though, I'm not walking out into a huge herd to get my horse- the herd at my house is only 2 horses. I can handle 2 nervous horses in the dark much better that 4 or 5.
Oh I see. Well Ive gotten used to her herd really fast. The fillie I will still have to chase away from time to time (she loves my mare that much lol), but the two geldings have become very good and know to keep their space when I get there. The fillie just adores my mare.
Then when Im done putting my mare back in and heading out, they will come up to the gate (cause they think I have treats, since theyve seen me give my mare treats before haha).
A little trick to try with the minerals- try adding some apple cider vinegar. There's quite a few debates out there whether acv is good for horses or not, but my mare is a little picky with her minerals- so I needed to add something tasty to it that wouldn't add sugar. I took acv in a spray bottle and sprayed it on her feed. It added just enough flavor for her to eat up and I'm not really adding enough for any sort of effect, other than flavor. It also serves me double duty as when I pick out her feet I use the same spray bottle to apply the acv to her hooves.
Actually you're right and Im surprised I didnt think of this because I actually used to put ACV in her grain at the old barn from time to time when she was on 10g of MSM powder (mixed in with her grain) a day and she didnt seem to mind it. Just 1 table spoon cause that stuff smells so nasty.
Unfortunately I had to take her off MSM because it made her spook at everything. Otherwise MSM worked great for her (I used it when she was lame) for about a month. I tried dropping the dose to 5g and even 1 and 2 grams, going to the bare minimum a day (cause I know MSM has a positive effect on horses) but she was still spooking.
I know the recommended minimum intake of MSM per day while it still maintains its effectiveness is 5g and theres no way I could have her on that much a day.
I still have ACV and MSM with me at the barn. I will give the ACV a try again but the only thing is, to disguise the minerals you will need to mix (meaning mash) the hay cubes and she doesnt like when the cubes are mashed. It seems she likes to break the cubes up herself.
Also, dont forget, Ive only been putting in like 1 tablespoon of the minerals. Thats nowhere near the suggested intake by Hoffmans and I know that. Hoffmans lady said to use the scooper that comes in the bag and 3 full scoops a day is what I should serve. THAT IS WAY TOO MUCH!!!! Even half a scoop is way too much. It would pretty much sit in her food and completely override her food. She wouldnt touch it.
So what im getting at is, even if I can get her to take "some" minerals, it wont be anywhere near what she should be getting.