Join Date: May 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
Congrats on your new horsey!
I would start off with lunging her first. Its safe, relatively easy and controlled. This will get her working without you having to hop on her. Feel her out, see how she reacts on the lunge and to your voice commands. Do lots of groundwork with her, and spend time just getting to know her. Sit in her paddock and let her curiously come over to you. Have a treat waiting, brush her, etc. These are some of the best ways to start forming a bond. Even though she's been off for 2 years, horses don't forget. She probably knows what she's doing, so have a little trust in her. As I said, take things slow and gentle, praising her when she's good and being firm when she starts acting up. That's all I can really suggest.
"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord. 'Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future'" ~ Jeremiah 29:11