That’s a sign of disrespect, and the more she runs at you and you run away it teaches her who’s more in charge in your relationship. I would watch Rick Gore’s video on pushy mares and follow his example.
I once had a mare in training that did the same. I did a lot of groundwork with her and tought her to move backwards if I rise my hands and if she does she gets a treat. And she also has to accept your personal space. But in training always reward her so she knows she does exactly what you want. Normally she will accept you as a higher or at least same ranked creature and won't run at you like this anymore and throughout the treats and reward she will be okay with keeping distance and moving backwards :)
At least that's what happened when I did it :)
Give it a try maybe :)
Thanks everyone. Yesterday I did lots of ground work with her like lounging,leading ect. I also practiced going up to her and putting the halter on her today much much better!
Have you ever tried groundwork? Like Lucy Balmer said, this could just be her testing boundaries and seeing who has leadership. Groundwork will definitely stop any behaviors due to leadership and dominance. If that doesn't do anything, I would try some things to have her get used to you and maybe gain more of a bond. Try standing in the paddock and not trying to get her, just have her used to you being there. If she approaches you (without any aggression) then that show that she trusts you, respects you, and is interested. Reward this behavior with small training treats or just rubbing her neck. Hopefully one of those works, if not, it could be a pain related issue, but I would try to do groundwork before you start treating for pain.
Big warning signs here. Ear pinning is a challenge and a threat from the horse - her way of telling you to move. In a herd, the higher horse will pin his ears at others to warn them off or challenge them to a fight, of which the one who loses is the one who moves their feet first. The worst thing you can do is run away, since this shows the horse that you're weaker than them and allows them to believe that they are the leader - not you. She's not being mean or nasty, she's simply testing her boundaries and trying to find other horses to push around so she can move her way up in a herd, all of which is completely natural to horses.
You have to understand that horses will always do things for a reason and most, if not, all of the time, their actions happen as a result of us. If you're nervous or tense around your horse, or if you walk away from her if she pins her ears at you, she will lose trust in that you're going to keep her safe and will begin to push you and find another higher horse to lead her.
If you've ran from her when she's pinned her ears or ran at you, she's already figured out that you're weaker and so she will continue to do this and reinforce her dominance.
It is YOUR job to gain your horses respect through moving their feet. This is the only way to gain a horses respect as this is how they communicate within a herd. If you have a roundpen or lunge pen available, this would be beneficial since it allows you to move her feet without being physically attached to her via a lunge line.
I highly recommend you watch Clinton Anderson's videos such as this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZRLA7Ivh7Q&t=1082s
It explains moving a horses feet to get them to respect you, which is definitely something you seem to be in need of at the moment! :)
Hope this helps!
Is it inside or outside? There could be several reasons. If it's inside, it's likely sourness. I ride a pony who goes sour in the stable over winter, and throws himself with his ears back and teeth bared at you. He's kicked me before too. In the summer, out at grass, he's an angel though and you can do anything with him.
If it's outside (or inside), it could be pain. It could also be an act of aggression, especially since it's a mare. Either way, it's not good behaviour. Do you take feed in a bucket with you when catching?