Any advice on how to regain confidence on a horse that you dont trust
Im about to get my little-bit-loopy mare back after about 4 years of riding very occasionally-with no happy riding experience on her in that time. I have been riding for 14 years (10 of consistant riding. I have never had any confidence issues on any of my other horses, and they were not all perfect! To be honest, none of my worst falls were even on this mare, but i am so scared of her. Obviously she picks up on that, and that is probably what is causing her to be nervous around me. Even on the ground if i try to catch her in her stable she will back up to me and kick out. Her ground manners leave alot to be desired. She is a sweet heart deep down, and i dont want to give up on her.
I am just very concerned that if i dont get over my fear of her soon, i am going to ruin her or something :(
Does anyone have any advice on how to come across more confident around her? I can read her body language fairly well, but she can read mine even better!!
I appreciate any advice anyone can give me :)