Originally Posted by 16HHPocketPony
I have been doing groundwork with her, and it seems to have helped-but my main issue is that even if I fix these issues, will I ever trust her? Will I be able to be her leader and channel that energy? Am I experienced enough for such a spirited horse? I suppose I am answering my own questions here, haha. I really appreciate all of the help. All the advice means a lot!
Yup, you are answering your own questions, because if you have to ask that, then you probably aren't. Doesn't make her a bad horse, or you a bad owner, but she just sounds not to be the right horse for you just now.
It can probably be saved, but it would probably mean her going to a trainer to reestablish her basics, then you working with a good trainer so they could help you become an assertive leader for her.
It's a shame when you get the right horse at the wrong time, but it happens, and rather than make both of you miserable, it may be best to cut your losses and invest in a horse who doesn't need so much from you.