Erhmmmm....well, she's not what I would call a "rescue" or from a bad situation since she was fat (too fat) and a pasture puff when I got her. However, before becoming a pasture puff, she had apparently, from what I can piece together, really suffered at the hands of the sons of her owner. I'm not really sure exactly what all happened but I had some work (and am still working at) undoing the "training" they made her suffer through. She seems to have some really nice training under all the craziness they encouraged but there are somethings, like backing up, that I haven't been able to "fix" yet. Not to give her an excuse though. It's just a part of her life that we're still working through and that we'll get completely through eventually.
She's definitely more of the sensitive type. Usually a verbal reprimand is more than enough punishment for her. She does have a bossy side, but it's never something that a "QUIT IT!" can't handle.
This was taken about 2 years ago but it's about as far as we've gotten (with more contact she's a littler better, I was experimenting with very little contact at the time, which worked fantasticly for getting her head down as you can see).
Also, I wasn't using my legs to block her side to side movements enough, I've since learned to do that.
You can see how before I ask her to back up and after I stop asking for the back up, she's completely soft and responsive.
Thanks Sky. :) That's what I'm hoping for: that maybe by practicing backing up on the ground, we'll get backing up in the saddle. She did back up that one time the other day with her head down and we've been practicing that daily for the last few months, so maybe she's getting it! My fingers are crossed. haha I've been trying to add a word cue as well, it's just not working as well as most word cues do with her... Silly horse! haha