Feeling stuck without a good training space
I got my filly, Nova, as a 4 month old, and she's the first horse I'm training myself. My plans have always been to take my time and not rush anything, but I'm feeling stuck because we don't have a good, smaller space to work in like a round pen, only the main pasture (about 3 acres).
She's impossible to catch, therefore impossible to lead train, and I've literally touched her only a handful of times since I bought her. Those times were just touching her nose while she ate hay from my hand. When we first brought her home, I stalled her for a few days to get used to me, but clearly it wasn't enough time. She hasn't had a lead rope on since.
*IF* everything goes according to plan and we can afford it, we'll be putting up a round pen about 3 months from now, then I'll be able to sort of herd her into it and shut the gate behind her. In the smaller area, I should think I'll be able to make much better progress before completely exhausting myself running all over the farm after her.
In the mean time, she's getting more and more of the "mare" attitude that some horses have, and has taken to pinning her ears, pointing her butt, bucking/kicking in my direction, and generally being a brat. She's also getting bigger, older, and stronger, and I had anticipated having all of the respect issues long since sorted out before she was that big.
I'm starting to wonder if she wouldn't be better off with someone else... She doesn't seem calm and happy the way our other horse is - she practically spooks when I toss their hay over the fence. And I keep thinking she would be more suited to someone with more experience with her age, her breed, et cetera.
I don't want to give up on her, but I know I have to do what's in her best interest. Would a training space even make that much difference at this point, or are we past that now?
Is there anything you all can recommend that would help in either her training or in making the decision to sell/trade her for a different horse?