The one thing that's nagging at me though, is if somewhere in her past life, she's been hit in the head.
There are times when I've been handling her, that I will raise my hand and she will jump away from me as if she's afraid.
Sometimes, I've lifted my hand to go up and scratch near her ears or pick something out of her mane, and if I do it too fast she'll jump away from me.
Yesterday, I tried lifting my hand slowly, and I got a sideways glance and she started to turn her head away. Rather than forcing it, I just kept my hand in that position, and talked softly to her for a few seconds, then very slowly brought my hand to just behind and below her ear and started to scratch her.
She then responded to me, by pushing her head inward to receive more scratches. I was so happy!
Can I have your comments on this? Is it common for horses to avert themselves when a hand is lifted like that or is it more likely she's been hit at some point in time?