Now that we have worked through her not wanting to be caught issue, I am looking to take it up a bit. After three rides on her, I notice a couple of things about her that need to be fixed, and I'd like to do that by working slow and building trust and starting over pretty much.
1) The faster we go, the less control I have over her. She doesn't respond well if at all to leg cues and opposes the bit a lot more. At the walk, she listens to my leg and responds to a very light touch on the reins, but anything faster and the head goes up and the sides go "dead". This is my biggest problem and the one I want to work on asap.
2) She is a submissive horse and sometimes spooks when other horses come up around her. She is afraid they are going to attack her. I'd like to build her trust in me a little better. I hope that this is fixable.
She didn't know how to back up when I first started riding her, but I started on that and she is doing awesome! She is a really good girl and wants to learn. She is worth the work to get her educated. I'm just unsure where to begin and I want to make sure I do things correctly for her sake (and mine.) I can't really afford a trainer, and I'm pretty sure I can do it on my own if I know just where to begin, and proper progression.
So any tips or know-how would be GREATLY appreciated! Or website links anything like that, or books that you've used. I have access to a really good library. A lot of those training books require an arena and such, or at least a round pen I don't really have that yet. :/
Thanks in advance!