New horse, terrified of everything.
Okay... Not sure where to start.
My Haflinger mare, 8 years old, is just terrified of e-ve-ry-thing. She seemed okay when we bought her, but she doesn't act like the horse I thought I bought. If that even makes sense.
She is fine when just in the pasture with the other horses around. Except for when you want to handle her.
She is hard to catch. You have to bribe her with food. Se is scared being touched, its like she freezes up. She tried to kick the farrier. My farrier at I both are Not able to 'read' her. She can spook for 'no reason'. I was brushing her tail, she was fine for two minutes, then suddenly went to sit on her behind.
I knew she needed some work and desensitizing when I got her, but not this much, she is like completely unpredictable, and on top of that, super super fast.
Part of me thinks she is partially blind in her right eye, and she is spooky and nervous because of that. My farrier thinks its just a trust issue. But I have no idea how to make this work.
I am currently 18 weeks pregnant, so I have no intention to ride any time soon. But I would like to spend some quality time with her, but its impossible.
Because she is so unpredictable, I don't know where and what her boundaries are. Currently I don't do much more than just feed her out of a bucket that I hold, and pat her softly on her forehead...thats about it.
Any tips would be greatly appreciated.