So I have this mare angel, She is 21 years old and not showing it at all acting more like a 3 or 5 year old horse , Its always been hard work with her.
When I first got angel I couldn't catch her it would take hours, She wouldn't let anyone touch her feet or bridle her she rear up and kick out not being naughty just very much afraid of people.
I got when she was 15, but being a brumby she had been in contact with people for twelve years, Her previous owner had used and abused her useing harsh bits and whips, she still has scar tissue all over her lips from him.
After so many years of work with her many hours of ground work and loving time has really helped she is no longer scared and will try anything you ask of her she truly is a careing , kind and beautiful girl I love her so much.
Two years ago she suffered from a micro tare she has fully recovered but being the age she is and having had that injury I decided to start some dressage to keep her fit but with out too much strain on her joints as the mustering, barrel racing, eventing and jumping I was doing previously does.
I've done dressage before and so has she but not much and because of her mouth being incredibly hard mouthed because of the cruel man's scaring we've always struggled in classical riding with everything else I can use lose reins or a halter but even in a halter she is used to resisting pressure,
That collecting and doing most of the things necessary for dressage and sometimes jumping is very hard.
So any exercises and ideas that would help with her mouth and our dressage training would be appreciated.