So, my mother's horse, a 13 year old paint mare who hadn't been ridden much untill we got her, has been a real pain. She was said to be very well broke, and I suppose she is, but she has absolutely no manners! If I have my head or body anywhere near her face she will just smack me with that huge dome of hers and it really hurts. -.- She doesn't really respect my space, and often times will just push through me to get places. If I am holding onto her halter, or trying to get a bridle on she will toss her head up and down, often times hitting me. (She also tosses her head while being ridden and will walk very fast without being told to.)
But I try to make her respect me, I always try and correct her, but we don't work much on ground work. My sister rides her right away so we have no chance to work on it. And when I try to, I'm usually at home so I don't have the instruction of my trainer.
But simple things like opening the gate, when I don't have her hooked up or have a "whip" with me. (It's not really a whip, it's just the parelli type carrot stick with a string attached to it and leather at the end.)
I was just wondering if there is something I could do to make this stop. I do plan on asking my trainer to work with Sadie on groundwork in the spring before they start riding her, but I need something I can try now. Once the snow melts for good, I will be able to work with them. But simple things like holding her face still and not smacking me with her head, or not bursting through the gate I can work on now. But I have no idea how to fix the head bobbing, though. I've never dealt with any other horse doing this, but I highly doubt it's rare.
Mares. -.- I prefer geldings, but what can I do? It's not like she's going anywhere so I'm going to have to cope.