I've ignored the issue to some extent since I'm not sure I can "win" an epic battle about it. The last couple of weeks I've been making more of an effort to ride her down to the scary corner and then feed her sugar while she sits there. Saturday night I think we may have had a light bulb moment. I was able to ride her around the whole entire area, including trotting straight down to the scary stuff. A lump of sugar and off we went again to trot another lap. Again we halted next to the scary corner for sugar. We changed directions and then she was almost dragging me towards that corner.
I may have created a whole new set of problems, but that's alright. I feel like I can wean her off the sugar rewards, especially if she is finally gaining a positive association with that corner. We'll see if I'm speaking too soon or if she really did finally make the connection. There's something to be said for a food motivated pony.
|Ah, yes. That's the scary corner in the background.|
|Seriously, she's becoming such a big girl!|