Hello out there, I am in need of some helpful tips/constructive criticism or anything!!!. About 2 months ago my Dad got a Kentucky Mountain/Tennessee Walker Who has now proved to be too much horse for him so I am the main one that handles and rides her. Before he got her she recently had a traumatizing experience (barn fire).The lady that he got her from said it really hadn't effected her which is not true. From what I understand of her past for the last few years she was used mainly as a brood mare and for occasional light trail riding but before that she was shown, I'm not sure how far she went or anything like that. Anyways She is a VERY nervous horse im not familiar with gaited horses so I don't know if they are all like that but that is how she is. I have since contacted the lady and asked her when the last time she had been worked with consistently, has she always been this nervous, what kind of training she has had etc... Her old owner assured me that she is just nervous because she needs to get to trust me and once she does she will take me anywhere but at this point I really can't see that happening. As far as the training and being worked with the lady has no idea the type of training she has had and she was not worked with much in the last few years. The 2 main problems im having are (1) her nervousness is the biggest I would say, how can I get her to calm down and pay attention to me when im in the saddle because that's when its at its height. (2) Any tips on helping me learn how she was trained. What cues and aids I might be giving or not giving to her for example, when I first get on her she does this thing where she backs up really fast and then goes sideways. Its very strange to me because like I said before not knowledgeable on gaited horses at all which is why I am trying to educate myself. So If anyone has advise please don't hesitate to share.