Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
agree that a round pen may be in order. Make her work, and if she misbehaves, up the pace and increase directional changes. When she is doing well at that, go to ground work on a lead.
CA has a good groundwork program for building respect you may want to look into. I personally think that raising your hand when she rears is more encouraging a rear than discouraging. If she rears, make her move. Left or right, get her out of the rear, then have her lunge, with tons of directional changes and lots of energy, until she is focused on you, then resume what you were doing. If she bites, fly at her, yell, jump, smack her neck, get her moving her feet in a hurry, and most importantly, make her feel like, for the 5 seconds directly after a bite, she is in serious, life threatening trouble. Then resume what you were doing. If she tries to kick, she needs a firm smack, then move her feet. All of these issues are easy to fix if you treat them like the lead mare would - a swift, immediate bite or kick(for a human a good smack, or other quick, unexpected action) and get them moving their feet. A few times of getting a serious reprimand and they wont try it again. A lead mare wont calmly pinch an offending her members nose, or raise her head to seem bigger than a disrespectful rearing herd member. She gives them a good, quick, serious repercussion for their action.
The most important thing about this is timing. It has to be IMMEDIATE. If you wait 5 seconds to correct, you are too late.
I work with lots of horses, from new born up. By the time they are weanlings, regardless of breed, kids can handle them. I've had a three year old leading my 2 year old appy around, and many kids have handled the two year old thoroughbred gelding on the farm, that is out of successful race horses and going to be a race horse himself. It is SO much easier to do it right the first time, as I retrain ex race horses and found out quickly. Many of them have awful ground manners, but it is certainly fix able.