Sky wait till you see the picture!
Told the lass to get herself on here, she mentioned a trainer to me but said she would have to wait until Spring.
I was thinking basics, ground work, MANNERS etc, but you guys would be able to help more x
Hmm, well if she can't get a trainer till spring.. then she needs to work on RESPECT (manners :P) TRUST through groundwork, and sacking the horse out WITHOUT SIDE REINS. Your 3 year old should not be in side reins if she has the tendency to blow up! That's going to get her in trouble :/
For basics.. I think once she can effectively lead her horse and "send it" places (almost like lunging but at a walk) then she can work on lunging. And once her horse lunges well, then you can work with the trainer on side reins and the actual riding!
I wouldn't use side reins until the spring when you have a trainer to help you though!!! <--- notice how I'm repeating it :P
GOOD LORD that's a huge buck!
Have you checked to make sure her tack fits??? That it's clean.. have you checked her teeth and checked if she's sound?
I wouldn't be on her without that trainer!! Put the lunge line away and work on the lead line. You yourself need to learn to use the lungeline properly or you could get your horse or you seriously hurt :(
EDIT: In the picture you have stirrups and reaaally short reins...... was this another time or was this the time you wrote about? Also is that a purple whip jammed between her bridle and kind of flying around?!!?!?