1. The horse will tell you if you're doing it wrong. The horse is the best teacher of all things horse. All of the advice here won't hold a candle to the horse herself, in teaching you what you're doing wrong. Instead of getting frustrated (the most ineffective attitude to have with a horse), say, "how interesting! Please teach me, horse!" and let her help you solve the fun puzzle.
2. Don't take it personally, that the horse doesn't like you. The horse is simply saying, "Listen, you're doing things wrong." You must listen, feel of her first, go with her program first, before you can justifiably make demands of her. Your teacher is useless because she wants to make demands of her before feeling of her/listening to her. Each horse likes to be ridden in its own way, so have fun learning what her way is, which only she can teach you.
3. You're right that this horse is more sensitive/spirited/"advanced" than your prior mounts, thus it's lesson time for you, if you will only become her student. Then she'll be able to rely upon you to make the decisions.
Hope that helps!
Last edited by Northern; 08-03-2013 at 05:12 PM.