My main question is (I know it will take time) but how long will it take to get Tabitha back into the mindset that she's not going to be whacked if she does something wrong? Will she possibly have a little fear for the rest of her life? Or because she's so young now, can she be trained to forget that fear? I will tell you that her prior owner (before going to this cowboy ranch) showed her in a very very minor 3day event (I've watched the video, and she looks like a totally different horse then from what she is now. In the video she has no fear and went over jumps without a second glance)
She is the sweetest mare you will ever meet, and it breaks my heart that she has this fear. Tabi is absolutely not crazy or anything, I believe she just has that fear of doing something "wrong" and being punished. She is a horse that loves to love and loves to please.
P.S. My trainer was on her the other day in the indoor arena. A big pigeon came out of nowhere and flew right in front of Tabi's face. She didn't even flinch! Also, when using fly spray (or bathing her) she throws her head up, again wide-eyed, and doesn't move like she's bracing herself. She has gotten better with fly spray, but I don't know if she was already a little nervous about the fly spray bottle and the people at the Cowboy ranch would smack her if she spooked at that too (making it worse)
She is very smart and a faster learner! Her new favorite treat is soft peppermints (: