Carolina hasn't had very good ground manners since I got her, most likely from being left in a field for two years who knows. I've been working on them but she is like a bag of manure tied in the middle and just all over the place.
I can't tie her because she'll spaz and has actually flipped herself over trying to escape the tie (with no reason to spook other than the sky was blue and the sun was 45 degrees above the horizon). When I tie her she dances around, and I have to tie her with an emergency slipknot so as soon as she starts to get really agitated I can pull the end and she's free. She has torn down fences, stalls and apparently a washrack (though I wasn't there for the washrack) and that's even with an emergency slipknot before I could reach to pull her free. The longest I've been able to safely tie her is about 45 seconds.
Now - there's no spook causes here, just the fact that I have her tied. When she really does have something to spook at like a shadow, sound, wind, whatever she's uncontrollable.
When I lead her (or anyone else actually) she charges ahead, especially if she's tacked up, no amount of "whoa," or pulling on lead ropes will slow her down. I end up walking her in circles until she'll go straight at my shoulder. She's really fun to tack up. It's like trying to wash a cat. All her tack fits her, btw and she has recently had her teeth floated.
She gets pushy with her food but that's not so much an issue as anything else.
It takes about 30 minutes to be able to pick up her feet. That's if she stands still long enough (or I have someone else with me to hold her head). I went to clean her back feet today and she kicked me. Not being able to pick up her feet isn't unusual, getting kicked is highly unusual.
She needs sedated to have farrier work. She needs sedated to have any vet work more than a shot or coggins. I can't put flyspray on her because the sound sends her up a tree. Even if I squirt it onto a rag within 500ft of her and come near her to put it on I get the same reaction.
Heck, going near a trailer she'll rear up and flip herself over. But the last time I put her on a trailer she surprised the heck out of me and walked straight on with no issue.
It didn't help that the wind was blowing a gale this morning, but she was down right dangerous. And after she kicked me, in my bad knee no less that I'd already hurt earlier this week in a particularly nasty non-horse related fall, I was in so much pain I wanted to barf. Childbirth didn't hurt as bad as this.
I normally don't let this kind of thing go. I will lunge, lead, back, do a join up, lunge, free lunge and go on from there. Go around again. But I was in agony and I knew I wouldn't be able do anything effective with her. So I untacked her, lead her around as best I could and then turned her out in the field.
I have not had as much trouble with OTTBs I've got straight from the track as I've had with this girl. Heck I even had a half wild morgan cross gelding I bought from a sales barn that wasn't as complicated as Carolina.
I need help with her. Because I know I've got to be doing something wrong. I am actually wondering if I should have the trainer work with her. I'm going to have to suck it up and beg hubby for the funds but she's dangerous and I'm lost.