do you by any chance hand feed her? Some horses you can not hand feed treats, they get aggressive if they don't get one or want one. Any treats my horses get are always in their feed dishes. I have a 3yr. Who was born here from my mare, he was only a few days old and he was always trying to suckle me, I didn't want to hit him so I did what his Mom would do.....I squealed at him! I only had to squeal 3 times and since then he has never nibbled or bitten anyone. All my horses know when I walk in the pasture I am in charge and I didn't have to hit them with anything for them to respect me.
Do you do ground work with her? Sounds like she needs to start with the basic ground manners.....teaching her to stay out of your space, lots of backing......I follow Clinton Anderson's methods and have for about 7yrs. Now, his DVDs teach the handler on to gain the respect of the horse on the ground first and once you have that when you do ride they listen and respect you.
Do a search on Youtube for Clinton Anderson, I know there are alot of vids up there showing how to do ground work.....good luck!
I hand feed her with some treats sometimes, but her regular meal she gets frm buckets. Snce she hated every touch from me, I started to pet her while I got her some treat after she did something right. To connect the pleasent one (treat) with the new "treat"-petting her, saying "nice girl" etc... Right now I do not often give her treats from my hand like that, but I use carrots or dry bread pieces when we do some stretching (she stands and he's to get her head to her butt on both sides, between her front legs, etc.... We do this stretching before riding, and after ridign if the lesson was hard.
About ground work, the first year, she would have draught me on the lead rope back home, shile kicking, bucking etc, since it was possilbe, we sterted to ground work, beginings just with respecting the alter and human as a leader (going side by side, stopping when the leader does, strating shen he does, basicly going with the leader withou pulling the leadrope) and letting me to touch her in different body parts (she is an ekzemer, summer rug), sinc I have to put some medicine I.e. Between her hind legs, under the tail (putting a crupper on, putting on medicine for he rug), and giving all four legs without kicking my face etc. Right now, we also do some ground work, usually once a week, and she respects me touching her at all body parts, but still she is a bit stiff when I touch her teats, but I think she will get along. This summer I put on the mdicine usually and she got used to it. (and even didnt kill me evidently
), she will go away from the pressure put on butt, whithers, belly, get her head donw on the pressure behind the ears, can do "stay" and "come" (i still secur eher with the long line, since we do not have any fenced area), she lets me handle all her legs-i take one, do some stretching, twisting, I do some things what are done by siths, although she has no horse shoes. Some "hitting" on the hoof etc. O the lead rope we do walk-trot-halt-back without the leadrope pulling, she goes side by side, goes backwards on "back", and we make some funny thing s like "please"-rising her front leg, I tech her to rise all fer feet only when I point at it... She would stay at a place when I groom he reven without being tighten up by a leadrope, as well by tacking her up, no poblems with tightening the girth, both from ground and from saddle, or mouting up. All is fine. While riding she tries not to eat grass, when she is rutting, she I s a bit lazy, but otherwise she is perfect to ride, soft, and would do anything I as for, if she understands it. On trails she is afraid of creeks, since she never saw any, just this holiday, we were on hliay together for a week in the mountains, but when I go beside her, she goes in it. Otherwise she goes everywhere, where I ask her to go, even into a wall.
While I am grooming her on the whithhers, she "massages" me with her upper lip on myback or butt. She bites not...
For biting, she sometimes "licks" my fingers, without using teeth, I just say "firmly, firmly" and she licks it. Few times did she try to use teeth, but not in a bad manner, she just doent understand I am more sensitive then horses. So I said her "no", an when she started just licking, I again said "firmly, firmly" and after few tries she is ok with it...