Join Date: May 2009
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
I think you are setting the bar too high, you are both green.
Make one goal each day, and see if she can do that. If she can't don't get mad, just sit and relax on her and go back to what she can do well, even if it's only walking.
Instead of focusing on loping and leads, step back and work on walk/trot transitions. Get a book on dressage and do some of the beginning exercises with her (yes, I know you are western, but dressage is good training for all horses, helps teach them balance and flexing).
Find someone to ride with. I think you'll have more fun and worry less about what she can't do, and what you CAN do if you just relax and do some trails with her with a friend or two.
I agree about selling her at a low price now... horse meat is bringing in the $$$.