Again, thanks everyone for the feedback. Nicky has been doing a lot better, and I must say, it probably has a lot to do with you guys opening my eyes a little bit. I got back on the ground and had her moving off her front and her hind quarter smoothly, as well as moving off light pressure. I asked, and continued to ask until she wanted to do it, instead of making her do it after one or two times that she didnt, probably because she was confused on what I was asking.
I got a new bit as well, which is helping a lot. The other bit was long and even when I had my bridle on the smallest setting, it still sat to far down into her mouth. The curb chain I have on her is a little tiny to big as well but I couldnt find one any shorter at the store yet.
The only thing I don't like about the bit now is that I have to be a little rougher to stop her etc, but since I got her, I have used a lot of vocal ques along with the other ques. I think she likes that a lot better, now that she knows what they mean.
I use a lot of leg pressure instead of mouth, now, well. i did before as well, but when she started acting up, I tended to use the reins more.. so I am being more aware of that. Also, using bodyweight and posture to turn her so I can keep off her mouth.
Today we had a really nice ride! I was happy! Ha, but usually I ride alone... and there was another horse that came in like half way through and she put her ears back at first but I encouraged her to be nice and stop it. She got lots more comfortable working and FOCUSING with another horse in there. With working with her, I constintly have to regain her attention. I see her looking and listening outside noises, etc, and thats another reason why I use vocals, because she ends up keeping her attention on me.
She hasnt even attempted to rear, lately, but maybe I didnt make it clear before, but I know it had something to do with me. I knew I was riding or asking her to do things wrong. She is a lot different then any other horse I have ridden, but I think we're coming together as a team and I am udnerstanding what she needs from a rider more. I just hate it when people are always so negative here. I dont expect people to be completely positive, I know by posting this, I am looking for advice... but advice isnt "you suck, put her in training and go read a book loser" Thats how a lot of people come across, to me. Not really you guys, but with a lot of different threads on this site.
Ha! Yesterday we were trotting and she moves out great when I am posting. I was trying to not post before, and just move with her body to keepo her slow, but, she likes direction. I am starting to think she'd make a great english hunter or pleasure horse. If I keep a little bit of constant ppressure on her face and continue to push her with my legs and body, I think she has a lot more confidence if what i want her to do.