Help! My horse has learned how to get away from me while lungeing!
Yes, my draft x mare has finally learned that if she wants to quit, she can.
Here's the story - we recently moved her to my daughter's farm, no arena, no round pen, but a nice flat paddock of moderate size (maybe 1/4 acre) to work in. All was well until about 1 month ago, she started tripping, and refused to pick up a L lead canter (it was always a bit of an issue, but when in consistent work, not so much). Yes, we had moved and didn't do much with her for about a month. I started taking lessons again, and things were going well, but she started having the tripping issue. (Her feet are fine according to my farrier). I rested her for a couple of weeks, a couple of days of bute, and started to lunge to see where she was at. The first day, she bucked a few times, not unsual, but then took off and ran around the paddock with what my trainer and I call "the Pepe LePeu canter". Now, I can't lunge her without her deciding to call it quits. Try as I might, I can't hold her when she does this. I can always catch her and put her back to work, but again, when she decides she's had enough, there we go again. She has done this before in the arena where I used to live, so it has always been in her bag of tricks, but is more of an issue now.
Additional info: she is usually a quiet horse, but is an alpha mare, now living with a herd of goats. I am a 59 yo perpetual advanced beginner (ha!) We started on a joint supplement, but she seems to have a problem with them (smartflex senior for a week and all 4 feet got very hot). Cosequin a few years back and she became unmanageable.