First off this is a real situation, but NOT one I'm taking on myself. I don't feel I have the experience to deal with this mare from what I've heard of her behavior, but I'm curious how others would deal with this.
8-10 TB mare, was trained at 3-4 but has now been sitting in the pasture for the last 5 or so years. I'm fairly certian that she has not been ridden since the early training. Someone I know was going to put a refresher on this mare and had the owner put her in a round pen so she could be worked. Apparently the mare was running wildly around screaming, bucking, just in general acting completely crazy. The trainer person got in the round pen to start working with her, the mare charged the trainer and the trainer jumped out. Now the trainer isn't going to work with the mare anymore as they don't feel they have the experience necessary to deal with her.
I'm wondering how exactly you would begin working with this mare? Again I am NOT going to attempt anything with her, but I'd like to learn from the situation.
I thought of two ways, but I don't know if either is actually feasible.
1. Separate her from the other horses until she calms down enough to work with, basically in her own pasture/living quarters until she gets over her attachment. Then start working with her.
2. Work with her in the pasture/paddock with the other horses until she is confident enough in you (and herself) to be worked in the round pen or outside of the pasture/paddock.