Alpha Yearling Filly - Need Some Advice with Leading
Okay, long-time horse owner, rider and even riding instructor. New to babies. I purchased a lovely half-Arab weanling filly last year who had an excellent foundation on her with regards to groundwork, leading, tying, clipping, etc.... She has been great, respectful and very sweet. We have had a few issues, but I nipped them in the bud pretty quickly. She is alpha, but generally always knows who is boss.
Problem is that I am in Central NY without the best set-up for my barn. We are working on that, but for now I have to make do. So, when there is excessive snow/ice I often can't get the horses out for a few days. Mainly because I have to lead them from the barn to the paddock and it's not always safe for me to be leading them AND should they get loose from me (or if I would need to let go) they can go directly to the road from here.
Okay, so the problem is that the yearling filly is getting mega-bored in the stall. I take her out for walks around the barn, but it's not like playing. Which she sorely needs. I know this. So, in the last month, when we do go out, she has gotten extremely excited to go out and very pushy/playful. I have gotten after her with my dressage whip and put a chain over her nose lately, but I'm not feeling like I'm winning this war, just the small battles. Moreover, I'm a bit concerned about getting hurt, as the ground is a bit slippery. The other day she got a little rowdy and slipped and fell down while I was leading her. I stepped back and let her pop up. She was good and didn't panic and led decently from there on, but it spooked me a bit. Leading back to the barn that evening was okay as well, but as I mentioned....I'm feeling a little less brave about this. Now I need to turn her out tomorrow and I'm admitting I'm a bit worried. She's full of herself and while I've consistently made her listen to me, I am not feeling confident about this. She leads perfectly in the barn, ties great, has good patience for her age. I really can't complain. This only happens when she's overly excited about getting outside with her friends and I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do.....