I looked for a post on this but could not find one. I'm new here, so apologies if there is one and I wasn't looking correctly.
I have a 9 year old rescue OTTB. Back story is, she was too skittish for the track so they put her in a slaughter house, she was rescued by a lady, the lady end up being worse for her, kept her in a metal round pen while the lady was pregnant and the horse did not get fed and did not have access to grass. She was left with shoes on, so she came to me with messed up feet as well. She's had reconstructive trims for her feet for years now and they are in a wonderful condition now.
Long story short - she spooks at everything. She is the most moody mare, the most nervous mare (understandably), regardless of who is around her. She is most bonded to me, follows my every foot step, and will not let anyone but me catch her in the pasture, feed her, groom her, etc. She is great when it comes to ground work, but as soon as I get on her, she spooks/bolts/throws me off. I've come to this fork in the road where I am unsure if it is a trust issue or a behavioral issue. I was speaking to a trainer (I cannot afford to hire one, but thankfully my trainer when I was growing up is willing to lend a hand of advice) who suggested putting her on a supplement such as the SmartPak SmartMare/SmartCalm supplements.
My question is - 1. Do you think it is necessary to supplement and see if it helps? 2. Which one? SmartMare or SmartCalm? SmartCalm sounds more fitting to me, but she is mare, afterall.....
Oh, and just an FYI - She is cleared by a vet. No back issues, is sound, and saddle does not affect her. It is not a pain reaction.
Thanks guys! Hope this was clear and coherent. I feel like I'm babbling to everyone I can about this. Cheers.
PS: Look at this beauty.