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!