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My horse won’t listen to me when I am riding her

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Hey, guys, so I’m at a loss and I feel like such a failure as a horse owner. I have had my Tennessee walker mare for a year now. She’s 15 years old and when I met her I loved her! She was amazing everything I wanted! So I bought her. Well, a year later and I still can’t do anything with her. She’s amazing with ground work, she follows me around, does everything I want her to do until I get on her. She throws a fit if I try to take her away from the herd, she’s made me fall off a couple times, she won’t move when I want her to. She will stand in place or move closer to the other horses and will ignore me. I have had my sister ride her, she does amazing! Doesn’t bat an eye when I am leading someone around on her. Just when we’re alone she doesn’t like it. I wanted a horse to be able to trail ride and just explore the area but I can’t even ride her out of the round pen! She’s my first horse, I didn’t want a project horse I don’t know what I am doing. I board her so I can’t see her all the time. Should I get a trainer? I don’t know what to do. I am so overwhelmed and at a loss. Any advice is very appreciated.. :(
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I would probably if I were you. She is your first horse, and someone there to help you, even just for a small time frame, may make all the difference for you. It doesn’t sound like she’s mean or anything by what you have said, but just a little hands on advice could do wonders.

Plus, a trainer could see how actually herd bound she is, and advise you on what needs done.
 

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She's married up to the rest of the horses. If you had more experience you would be able to handle this, but since you're still pretty much a novice, she knows that, and she's getting away with it.
I agree with @Knave, get a trainer. You need someone to help you get her back to the mare she was a year ago. And someone that can advance your horsemanship skills as well.
Best of luck!
 
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