I rode her for the first time since I got her and she was PERFECT at the walk, but as soon as I asked her to go forward she would pin her ears and throw her head around. I kept asking and eventually kicked to get her to go. She threw a few TINY bucks to which I stayed on. I know to keep them moving forward but I was the only one at the barn and didn't want to get hurt so I hopped off and lunged her for a good 20 minutes and hopped back on. More bucks when even asked to go forward. Once she took a few trot steps without pinning her ears I brought her back down to a walk and walked for a bit - wanting to end on a good note.
I don't have a trainer right now because i'm a broke college kid but this is my first horse that has ever bucked with me. My plan is to just push her through it and teach her that it's easier to do what I ask and bucking isn't going to make me stop. Is this the right thing to do or should I be going about it a different way? I also need to mention this horse respects me on the ground - we've done a month of ground work before I even got on her!