Super stressed out new pony?
I am super lucky and got my first horse last Tuesday, her name is Sydney and she's a grey mare, 14.2, 7 years old.
She's cute as, really friendly and on the whole pretty respectful. When I was trying her before we bought her home she had no problems, calm, sensible, but when I tie her up at home, she might be sort of okay one minute and then stick her head in the air, ears *****ed, eyes wide, she'll stand like that for ages and then try and walk off. The rest of the time she won't stand still, she'll wander, pull back on her lead, swing her butt in your face. She does the head-in-the-air thing when you're leading her as well and its like nothing else exists in the world, she'll start walking off in the direction she's looking and it takes a lot of effort to hold her back.
The only reason I can think of why she might do this is stress, its a new place with no other horses for company but it can be really dangerous, especially when she walks off when you're working around her feet or leading her anywhere. Can anyone think of any other reasons why she might do this? She's going to have another friend on Friday, so if it is stress is there anything I can do in the meantime to calm her down? I can't do a lot with her without back up because of this so any help would be super!