hi everyone, I would love some insight into my situation! I’ve recently been using a new horse after I lost my mare to colic last fall. I had my last mare for 15 years and we had an amazing, trusting, respectful bond. We really clicked together and I could trust her with my life. My new mare seems to be the polar opposite of that. She is extremely anxious, to the point where it is disrespectful. She is extremely sour being away from other horses, and just gets herself so insanely wound up. And it sounds horrible but it’s very hard to find it enjoyable when I feel like I can only ever go to the barn after 5pm when I know all the horses are already in for the night. Because God forbid I try take her in the barn by herself mid day, she just sways in the cross ties screaming looking around and pooping every 30 seconds. The mare is not young either, and has always been this way. Then there are just a bunch of other behaviours; she can only be walked on the lead with the chain over her nose because she’s prancing all over, trying to do up her bridle while she’s decided it’s time to walk away, thank God she’s small because to get on it’s a matter of getting her to stand there for 2 seconds so you can throw your leg over as quick as possible before she’s off again. And honestly she is pretty well trained under saddle. She can be hot and forward but once she gets going she’s actually pretty cute. I know bonds and trust and things don’t just happen over night. But I would be lying if I said it isn’t so difficult going from having a horse that you were so close and bonded to and could just leave ground tied for hours while doing whatever with, to having to keep your chained lead on while your horse is in the cross ties screaming in your ear I want to enjoy this mare, I really do. And I do know she has potential. I would just like to start at easing her anxiety and making her more easy to deal with on the ground. I don’t like constantly feeling like I’m around a ticking time bomb or if I’m tacking her up and someone takes their horse out of the barn she is going to explode. It’s just not enjoyable. Any pointers on how I can help this mare have “more chill”? Thank in advance!