Disrespect, Confused, Scared?
I've recently started working with a mare I rescued. She used to be extremely hard to catch and would kick any chance she got. I've gotten some ground manners down, and she does not kick anymore. She is also a whole lot easier to catch. A little about her... She was abused and starved. She was broke the 'extreme inexperienced' way where she just had a saddle thrown on her and somebody got on and rode her out. The guy spurred her bloody and used a harsh bit he did not know how to use. He tore her mouth up so bad she could not eat for 3 days (I learned this from a neighbor of the man). She was also beat with a stick and poked in her right eye which led to slight blindness. She is very spooky, but I have desensitized her to ropes, plastic bags, saddle pad, whips, etc.
I recently introduced lunging to her, and she is perfectly fine lunging in a right circle. If I try to lunge her to the left, she will go a little but will stop in the same spot and backup, sidestep, and rear. She will put her head down and snort. Any place I try to lunge her, she will find one place where she will always stop. I will eventually get her to go a little, but she then comes into me and kicks out (at me). We go through this until I get hot and too tired of it. When she stops, I wave the whip at her (so she starts backing up). I get behind the drive line and try to push her forward with motion and the whip. She will either keep backing (I've tried making her REALLY back, but it doesn't do anything), or she will rear up and sidestep. When she does finally go, she barges into me with her shoulder (I put pressure on her shoulder and front end.. doesn't help) and kicks out. I will make her switch directions... She's perfectly fine going to the right. She'll sometimes will try to leave or come in too much, but I correct her and we go on. I am very confused on why she does this...