Originally Posted by ZodiacTheNightTheif View Post
i dont want her to end up being a pasture pet and i would love to get her out on some trails but where do i start??? ...
She is alpha mare at two years old
She lunges like a dream
Are you talkking about not knowing where to start with the whole training thing too, or just worried about her... social arrangements?
If she's only 2yo I wouldn't be thinking about riding her any time soon, or doing other weightbearing or high impact stuff such as running lots of circles. But there's plenty you can do without actually riding, to get her ready for going out & about with you aboard. I'm thinking you don't know much about training though, so finding some good hands on help will be important.
Because she is alpha the herd that i had her out with ... ended up cornered, kicked and bit. she's a trainwreck. ... she was dragging her back feet while walking
What do you mean by 'alpha'? Do you mean she tries to fight with or bully other horses? 'Alpha' is lable for 'lead' dogs/wolves of a popular behavioural theory, but it's generally taken to mean the boss, the leader... which is obviously not what it means to you.
Yes, it sounds like she's been 'told her where to get off' rather strongly, and if her injuries were serious & the horses didn't stop when she stopped - or she kept coming back for more, if living arrangements are cramped, etc, maybe best to remove her from that particular mob, for now at least. Also if she was actually dragging her feet, I would have considered a vet/chiro check her out.
But agree with the others, that especially being only a 2yo, I would not want to keep her in solitary confinement & would prefer that she learns how to be sociable in a herd if at all possible. I'd be looking to find a large, open acreage with a few other assertive but sociable animals, that she can learn how to interact, and be 'corrected' by them for any 'rudeness' without being cornered & beaten up for it.
If not, I'd consider getting a quite, submissive horse or pony, if she's not likely to beat THEM up, or even a cow, goat, sheep or such, so if she must live at your gramp's, she will have some tolerable live-in company.