I believe she was in heat when we brought her home....loads of "flagging", urination, high alert and "talking".....I also believe she was herd bound, as when we went to see her she wouldn't come to the owner unless the "dominant" gelding did.
When we got to the driveway, (which went to the left, our house was straight up the road 1/4 mile) she immediately wanted to go left, up the drive. I circled her right in tight circles, and when she stopped, I had her facing home. She immediately went left again, and before I could get her back around, she was starting to rear.
When I got off, although she was facing the stud driveway, I pushed her towards the house. If I'd gone the other way it would have been a long walk home! Haha Anyway, by the time we were half way home, she was fine again.
I've got her to come to me in the pasture, and we're working on holding still while I get on (something she has a really hard time with). I take her out everyday, sometimes its just to groom her, sometimes we ride. Ride length varies, and she is getting much better about being relaxed. We never take the exact same route 2 days in a row, and she doesn't want to rush back home when headed that direction.
I think what I'm going to do, while DH is home, is have a long line on her with him on the other end. We will walk by the neighbor's while I'm on, and if she gets out of my control, at least he'll be there to regain it.
I admit, I never had any formal riding classes, and have no idea about leg pressure to push, or squeezing for speed, etc. Heck, I just figured out last week that she responds to voice commands (except Whoa, which she hates. ). When she starts her "parade prance" I give a firm "WALK" and she settles. All the horses I had as a kid were broke to me....I rode bareback 99% of the time and squeezing my legs was just part of hanging on. So, this is a learning curve for sure.
We'll get it, her and I, its just a matter of time. Thank you so much for all the advise, even if I don't know exactly what you're talking about, I get the idea and can implement it.