My cousin picked up a rescued Arabian, who's supposed to be dressage and Western trained, but hasn't been ridden in at least a year. She's wonderful on the halter, but when I got on her--hackamore and no saddle (saddle doesn't fit her right and she didn't have a bridle at that point) she was very jumpy and kept on prancing in place (to the point where she was doing piaffes!--amazing, but scary because I'm sure she wasn't collected properly) hypersensitive to leg commands, and nervous. After about 30 minutes I had her standing still for small amounts of time. I've never worked with a horse like this, and I'm trying to get her to the point where she's a decent trail western horse, for my cousin to continue learning on.
I want to make this as painless as possible for both of us. Any suggestions?
--she has a bridle now, and I'm going to put it on her this weekend.