Thanks for all of your replies!!!!
Unfortunatley, my new horsie lives in the Boonies... way up in a canyon, about 15 miles up a windy road, and far from any trainers or even a ring... I only have a paddock and hundrerds of miles of trails.... so lessons aren't really an option... and quite frankly, I had a lot of training when I was younger and feel I can get myself back into shape with practice and time... although if there were trainers and a ring I would certainly do it.
I just took over care of this horse last week... even though officially she is not my horse... no money was exchanged... she is now my responsibilty and i am the only who will be riding her and working with her. I am just a bit intimdated by her ground manners. I want to learn some techniques to use to work with her... like Dumas girl said... a lot of it will be common sense, and i think what I need to do it just take it slow and let her get to know me...
So, aside from getting a few DVD's this is my plan... spend as much time with her a possible, have her get used to me, and be at ease. Until I got on her last week... she had not been ridden in 3 months. she acyually did really good once I was on her... she was a little sketchy, but not bad and quite responsive, did not fight with me, etc...but like i said her ground manners, crappy. I did notice a marked difference after we came back from our 20 minute ride yesterday.. she was much more relaxed and not as grouchy. So much of this may be that she has been cooped up. Also, considering she spent I don't know how much time in a 8x8 indoor stall, and then in the last year, she has pretty much just sitting in her paddock. She is used to being confined... so that would explain why she is uneasy outside of her comfort zone. I don't know if she was abused in other ways before she was rescued, but apparently she was starved and a very sick girl... so anything is possible.
Does anyone have any good techniques to deal with nipping and her walking over me? Considering she may have been abused, I don't know how I should reprimand her... my first instinct is to swap her on the nose when she nips... but since she is wierd about her head and neck, I don't know it that is a good idea. Since I just started working with her I know it is crucial that I establish authority with her now... "nip it in the butt"
Also, with her walking into me? My first reaction it to push her away... She also nudges me. Any good advice/instruction would be helpful. I do not have a ton of experience with these types of behaviore issues.
p.s. I am not terribly nervous around her at all... just my confidence is a bit down due to being rusty. I think if I am armed with some knowledge I will be just fine... Than you again you guys!!!!