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Just going from what you have said, it sounds like to me that she is just sour. It is kinda common with old horses, especially lesson horses. If she is not giving any pain responses under saddle then I bet it is an attitude. Do you only ever catch her when you have a lesson? Sometimes it may help just to catch her up and chill with her for a little while. Take her to a nice patch of green grass and let her graze, groom her, take her for walks, etc. Something so that she will realize that being caught and going to the barn doesn't necessarily mean work. Sometime, tack her up and take her to the outdoor arena then just relax with her. Give her some treats and then take her back to the barn and untack. She has associated being caught, going to the barn, and going to the arena with work and that has made her go sour. What I have suggested should help but it will take some time before you see any improvement. Good luck.
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