I’m having some issues with my mare and I’m out of ideas. For context, we moved to a new barn in June 2020 where she is on 24/7 outdoor board. One day in November she refused to leave her paddock to walk to the barn. It took about 20 mins to get her into the barn, but I won and she did not try to do that again, so that was a one time thing. However, this week she tried it again. I can walk up to her and put the halter on fine, she has no problem leading in the paddock, but as soon as we get through the gate and she’s out of the paddock, she refuses to go forward.The first time, I managed to get her into the barn, but since then she has started to get more creative. Instead of just planting herself and refusing to go forward, she has started to walk backwards instead. I CANNOT get her to go forward. I have tried everything. I’ve tried to be nice and patient and praise her if she takes even the smallest step forward. Not working. I’ve tried chain over the nose, I’ve tried tapping the ground and her bum with a dressage whip, I’ve tried lunging on the spot, forcing her to move her feet. I’ve tried being more “harsh” but she is just so stubborn. Nothing is working. She will walk maybe 2 steps forward then back up 10 steps, so we are not getting very far. She is a very stubborn and opinionated mare, shes driving me insane because she has never been like this before! I don’t know how she can be barn sour because I don’t ride every time I see her. When she is in the barn, she’s not stressed or calling to her friends, so I’m not sure if this is a herd bound issue either?
Sorry this is so long, but I don’t know what else to do! I’m hoping someone can give me some ideas.