I can only through out some ideas, but not based on my personal experience, since I have never started a baby.
Perhaps, just perhaps, she needs more expereience dealing with scary things but being allowed to move forward instead of the methods used by many trainers whereby the horse is "desensitized" by the person keeping up the scary stimulus until the hrose stnads still / The goal being that the horse stand and allow the whip or stick or whatever to move around them without the horse moving his feet.
. I have been told by another trainer, that this often results in a hrose that just shuts down emotionally, who sucks it up and "takes it", (just stands and in a brittle manner, puts up twith the icky , scary stiumulus because they know that's waht they are supposed to do), but when the scary stiumulus is more than they can tolerate without movement, they "blow!".
This trainer askes the hrose to accept the scary stimulus but allowes them to move. Instead fo waiting for them to stand, she looks for them to be able to walk forward (on a short lead rope) around the trainer and she removes the stimula only when the horse is walking forward with an indication that the stimulus is not so bad (looking for the smallest change in the attitude at first .), Then, she stops applying the scary stiumuls and allows the hrose to rest or stand as they wish. She is looking for the horse to know that it can move forward even though it's scary, and eventually will not need to walk but can stand calmly. Not "taking it" with frozen fear, but actually not being worried.
It's a fine line of difference, and I am not sure I could replicate this. I am only throwing out this idea, and hoping I made it even somewhat understandable.
I do hope you make progress. I could not do your work!
Last edited by tinyliny; 06-12-2011 at 02:51 AM.