Aggresive horse that hates the saddle
My ten year old mare has been giving me problems. (I've had her for several years, but she's basically been a field ornament. I just started working with her a few months ago).
Up until now, she was doing beautifully in her training. I was able to ride her bareback, and she would come right up to me whenever I went to visit her.
I began to get her used to the saddle by putting a thick blanket and an old girth on her. She was fine with it, and I rode her around in it with no problems. Then I got out my treeless saddle.
She's had bad experiences with saddles in the past, mainly because of rough trainers. I thought that she would accept this saddle because it wasn't a creaky, heavy, western saddle like she was forced into before, and I was gentler than her first trainer.
I took it very easily the first lesson, but she was very skittish and hated it. I put it away for about a week because of cold weather and the fact that she ran away whenever she saw it.
The second lesson, she was fine for about five minutes, letting me cinch it up and walk her around. Then she went wild, bucking and trying to run me down. I had to get help to get it off of her. She was shaking and scared of everything for several days, so I left her alone except to bring her hay and a few carrots (My way of trying to win her back to my side. It didn't work out so great).
When I started to work with her again, I tried to just go back to the basics of lunging and backing up, but her ears went back, she kept kicking at me, and she finally bared her teeth and tried to run me down.
I'm scared of her now, whenever I feed her she tries to bite me, and I don't have a corral to really work with her. I'm not nearly experienced enough to train her, and I can't afford a trainer. I don't want to sell her and replace her, as I've gotten very attached over the years, but I don't know what else to do.
If anybody can give me some advice on my situation, or perhaps some training tips, I'd appreciate it SO much.