My boyfriend has very little experience, and has it in his head he wants to do it himself lol, we will see on that one, lol.
I have been around horses for quite a few years and done a bit of everything from pleasure riding, to jumping, and a few shows in between. With my previous trainer I assisted in breaking a few horses and learned a few different training methods, BUT the big difference between those horses and her is that she is very untrusting. The horses I had worked with previously were young, and were used to people and being handled. She is not.
My boyfriend got Holly not to long ago from a Humane Society as kind of a surprise for me, something he and I could do together. She had be part of a major investigation in which several horses(all severely under weight), stolen cars, and drugs were seized.
Fast forward to today:she is back at a healthy weight, she does VERY well on leading, will stop when you stop, will back up with you, ect, will even lung(though is unsure what you want from her). BUT she is very spooky and will jump at just about anything(ex: peppermint wrapper, I tried to eat a peppermint while by her stall in the barn the other day and she swore it was going to eat her). She has been ridden before and will allow you to put a saddle pad on her IF you show it to her first and she watches what you are doing but anything other than that she is terrified.
I'm just looking for pointers on maybe some trust exercises, and where to start over, I have the previous experience in training but I'm just not used to dealing with a horse this untrusting...