problems with my mare, please HELPP!
sorry this is so long but please take the time to read, I desperately need advice ....
I've had my mare april for just over two months now, and to start with, she was a complete angel in every sense, to lead, catch, groom, on the ground and to ride. Now however, she's started to turn sour, she's not the same friendly horse I first brought and its really knocking my confidence about the bond I thought we could have. First of all, she's being moody and invasive on the ground, she'll sometimes lunge at me when I try to groom her or put her ears flat back when I walk past her. In her stable she's also really grumpy and aggressive, if I walk past her to get out of the door she puts her ears back and acts like she really doesnt want to be around me. I can understand if she's not really a loving, touchyfeely horse but this is really upsetting me as it seems as though she doesnt want to be around me. Also, several times she's not wanted to be caught in the field, or if I just wanna go pat her in the field, she doesnt like it and turns and bucks in my face and gallops off. She also puts her ears right back when I do manage to catch her in (she allows me to catch her the majority of times but still with her ears flar back).
I absolutely love my mare, she's a little superstar to ride, not cranky at all and so laid back and willing to please, which makes it even harder for me to understand her unwilling and sometimes viscious behaviour on the ground.
I know her behaviour doesnt sound too bad but its not nice ot have to deal weith all the time cos I just want a horse who knows im not going to hurt them and who will let me give them cuddles and things that I used to take for granted.
Her old owner said she wasnt treated too well by her owners before, she was tied up in her stable with her food just out of reach and hit with a whip when she wouldnt move over in the stable, so I understand its hard for her to gain trust with humans but I desperately want her to trust me.
Im not used to dealing with a horse like this and despite the fact I love her loads, it gets me down and I would really consider selling her if it continued as most of the thing I love about horses is the realtionship you can have with them on the ground.
I would love it if anyone has any advice, tips I could do to try and gain her trust and stop her bad bahviour, or have had similar stories they would like to share, as any ideas wouild be appreciated, I don't want to give up on my little mare.
Thank you so much!