Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I agree that she is overfaced. At some point, if you push her with the current training, she will probably explode. I suggest you treat her as an unbroken 2yo, and start her training over again. I would use my computer or a pad of paper and list what she knows, what she doesn't know, and make a plan to fill in the holes.
THIS horse is very green. She doesn't understand that you want her to take a cue and keep moving. So.....start with asking her to lead correctly, back correctly, turn on the haunches, or disengage the haunches, turn on the forehand, and stand quietly...for hours. Ask her to take just ONE step in any direction, then lots of praise. In fact, ask for just a step or two on command and praise the heck out of her when she obeys. You can stop in between exercises and just rub on her for a good 5 minutes to reassure you that you are not the herd leader who intends to put her through the fence!
You want her to learn that she should immediately respond to a cue, but not run away in terror. As you probably already know, a horse that plants his feet and tenses up is getting ready to rear, buck or bolt OR all 3. Certainly it is a defensive posture.
Since you will be retraining, expect to spend up to 10x as long on this horse as you would if you were starting an un-scarred youngster.
Hope this helps. =D