I don't understand my mare's behavior
Ok~ quick history on this mare:
When I moved on to this property, she was here. She had been abandoned. She was the most obese starving horse you've ever met. She had foundered, feets a mess, and obese.
I immediately got feets done and started her on a weight loss program.
After 6 mths of foot rehab, we did a 1st ride.
A perfectly trained, young mare.
We ride 4-5 days a week. We have a lovely, trusting relationship.
Putting tack on is the issue here.
When I 1st started riding, the issue was mounting. She wouldn't let me. Once on, she's totally fine.
Soon, the mounting issues dissipated and the new issue was saddling.
She'd dance and pin her ears when cinched~even very slowly. ( always put the saddle on, then between picking out feet, I slowly tighten the cinch).
Cinching issues have subsided. Now, its the saddle pad she's taking issue with. She's plain nasty! She'll bite, nostrils flared, ears pinned.
I do the usual~ I prove the saddle blanket is not to be mad at.
Now, she's taking to nipping me and who ever is holding the lead rope when I put the pad on.
I don't take kindly to this, so she gets disciplined.
It just seems like the issues evolves into the newest monster.
The only past I know of her is someone cinched her up way too tight and she blew. She was deemed a 'dangerous horse' and never rode again.
She's actually a brave and trusted riding horse.
What do you think is going on?
And, what should I do to address these evolving issues?
I've always been respectful and slow when it comes to tacking up.
As far as pain~ I don't think she's in any~ she gets equine massages, feet are in great shape. Treeless saddle that fits great. Tack is all up to par.
Thanks for any input into this mysterious little mare that I adore.