My mare is the exact opposite. She is so desperate to be in the front!
When at the front, she is calm and relaxed. When behind, she's skipping around.
It probably means your mare loves a good race when at the front, as I assume it is clear ahead. However, when she is behind, she is relaxed as she knows there isn't much chance of 'bombing off'.
To even it out, I suggest hacking out more. The more often you do it, the more she'll respect you and know her limits. If she is leaping around, make sure you try and calm her down to correct this. It varies between horses, but relaxing yourself, loosening the rein, stroking her neck and talking calmly normally works.
If possible, try to get someone to ride along side you. It is likely they will both want to race at first, but once your mare learns that the other isn't, she'll relax. Then let the person riding along side you to gradually fall behind.
19 March 2010 21:26