Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
I agree about removing the martinagale. I am finding more and more that the less restrictive aides, the better. You can develop the head and body frame you want in time with the right training. This horses frame sounds like a low priority at the moment though.
I agree that it sounds like this horse could use some serious time with ground work and boding. Parelli, Lyons, or just getting to know you. A week is not enough time for this horse to know or trust you. I would spend some undemanding time with her (brushing, handing out in the pen, petting, leading to a grassy area to graze for a few minutes, etc.). Work on getting over the leading freeze ups first. There are some Parelli exercises that would be good for that, but I think John Lyons has some methods too, and a trainer in your area might also be able to help. If my horse did that, I would probably drive him in several circles at the trot when froze, and then simply give him the opportunity to walk forward with me again. After doing this a few times, I would hope that he would get the idea that it is much less work to simply walk forward that to be driven in circles.
When you begin working on the riding challenges, I would suggest just getting out a lot on trails and in the arena, and even travelling places, to get over the buddy sourness - with time and experience that should fade.