I have an interesting update, mostly for the training topic, could be relevant for the health one though?
We noticed, long ago, when we got her that she has tiny scars all over her back, small dots where hair hasn't grown back and the skin is soft and fragile. We always thought it was a scar from serious rain rot. Well now that she has her human friend grooming her all the time she began noticing tiny hard lumps throughout her body. We thought at first they were bug bites but they didn't go away. While the vet was in she mentioned what she thought it was - a bird shot? I don't know anything about guns, but apparently when shooting birds a gun shoots a spray of tiny bullets. When we looked her (the horse) over you could actually see the angle from which she was shot! I was horrified to think someone would shoot her - but it would explain A LOT about her psychological issues and her riding issues. When I first got on her I rode bareback - I feel awful knowing I was sitting on little bullets embedded under her skin! No wonder she suddenly couldn't stand being ridden anymore. The vet said it wouldn't be worth trying to remove the bullets, they are most likely non-toxic as it would have had effects already and would require multiple full body x-rays to find them all. More work than the vet feels it's worth.
My question is - do you think she could be ridden by her human friend? I was thinking if we used a gel pad or something? Has anyone dealt with anything like this?
As an update on her training - she's doing much better turning in both directions, was definitely stiff turning her head left but has been working on this. Doing very well with walk-trot-walk transitions in hand. Has become a very willing and well behaved girl.
As for her wall biting - she still does it, not as bad on the days we work with her. Her abscess burst and her front foot is better, but her hind leg is still hitchy on bad days, but after a few minutes of walking she works it out.
Thanks everyone - sorry I'm so wordy! I'll see if I can get pics of her back tomorrow.