Okay, so I have a project horse that was given to me recently. She is a 10 year old (ish) black Thoroughbred mare. She is the sweetest horse in the world and while she is green and a little spooky, she doesn't seem to have too many huge problems...BESIDES BRIDLING!! The first time I rode her she was fine and took the bit after a couple seconds of struggling. Now she acts like she thinks someone might kills her!
I googled...and researched...and googled...and googled more...
and it looked like maybe she might have been associating the bridle with pain, and needed to have her teeth floated. Then today we learned that she is fine with the bit...it is when you are doing anything around her ears.
Thing is...she's alright when you put the halter on.
I don't know if she might be hurt...have something in her ears...or have been abused...but I want to help her get past this. I spend HOURS sitting with her calming her down...wear her out before I try to bridle her, and do everything extremely slowly.
She backs up and throws her head up. She locks up and freezes and acts like she is going to rear.
Once its on...shes generally fine. She throws her head A LOT while we ride...but she's green with no training...it's kind of a given.
Any ideas to help her work through this fear, or things to check for or have a vet check for?
PLEASE PLEASE HELP! She's going to get sold if I can't help her.