>I have a 3 month old mustang filly that I am halter breaking.
>My problem is that when leading her she gets ahead of me and so I
>end up having to circle her to get her back next to me. She also
>bumps into me when she spooks. She is still nervous about being
>handled, so I don't want to jeopardize the trust that she is
>developing in me, but I don't want her to develop bad leading
>manners either. Does anyone have any suggestions of ways to
>get her to walk next to me without making her head shy or
>afraid of me?
You must make her understand that you are NOT to be bumped into,
no matter how spooked she is. If you have to back her off harshly,
then stop and wait for her to get over it before proceeding, but
she must respect your space. If she is always getting ahead of you,
then maybe she needs to run and blow off steam before the leading
At first it is okay to accommodate her energy by leading her in a
circle, while you are leading her to the turn-out area, for example,
but afterwards you should practice leading her and not letting her
go ahead of you. Lead her with a good solid fence on the other side
of her so she can't easily swing her haunches away. Every time she
starts to get ahead of you, say "No!" and back it up with however
much force you need.
At first she may be a little afraid of you when you discipline her,
but take your time and let her get over it, then go on. She won't trust
you if you don't take charge of the situation. Teach her this now,
because it won't be any easier when she gets bigger.
BETSY HALE - Performing artist: Actress, Singer, Dancer
Horse trainer: Dressage & Jumping - adhering to classical principles
of lightness, harmony and elegance.