i have thought about using a bridle for extra control, but she tends to set her neck rather than her head (if that makes any sense) - i'd rather avoid the bit untill she will accept my authority. it is getting clearer that she has just been aloud to get away with these things in the past, and knows no better. she is leading a little better now - walking "to heel" rather than dragging, but will still try it on for a tasty bit of grass!
i've started lunging now, we are about 3 lessons in an she's getting the idea, evry now and then she will just turn away from me and "set" herself against me.
as you say they can be brats, my other shetland - 14yars old , i had him from a 3 yo is 100% for me, and riding or driving a perfect schoolmaster, but i wouldn't leave him near a novice even now as if he senses weakness he will still try and dominate them on the ground!
once a phesant landed in his field about 10meters away, and he was grazing, and he stopped grazing to go over and kick it - just out of spite!!! :roll:
bless him, i'll be heartbroken when he dies!!