What a find this site has been! Fabulous info so generously given. Following this thread and theme of allowing a horse space to move or adjust, I wonder if poss, if it can be applied to an inexperienced mare with preference to shying and or balking, she's quick and she's good at it. She's certainly speaking loud enough for me to hear :) I think a lot of it was feed based, having changed that, I'm not sure how much of her "disquiet" has been ingrained so it's become habitual and would love ideas to work with her eradicate/modify her anxiety if poss. She is pretty quiet to do most other things with and pretty quick mentally. Thanks very much :)
Dear XfromX: Let's start by having you use the Google Advanced Search function (directions in thread above this one on the Forum home page), entering keywords "focus", "attention", "Great Tree of Training", "Whitney's Law".
Our elderly teacher used to say of horses who do things like those you describe your mare doing: "She isn't afraid -- she is unsure." This is material for deep thought.
Once you read up on the previous discussions about this, please write back in again with your further thoughts and questions. -- Dr. Deb