I was just wondering if anyone would be able to help with this. I'm looking after a friends mare while she is on holiday and am working on getting over her fear of her bridle and her fly mask and also picking up her back feet. We don't know her history but we think she may have been beaten as she has quite a few bad scars and reacts quite badly to the things she is frightened of, for example, she has to be sedated when the farrier comes and she has tried to rear up when you put the bridle on her and though you can usually get it on eventually she has started to get dangerous when you handle her.
I have been working with her for a while using join up and she was accepting the bridle and seemed like a different horse as she seemed to relax and has been friendly when you go to get her in the field and seems to want to come in now. However, the mare is being used for a friend's riding lesson once a week while the mare's owner is away. Unfortunately I couldn't be there but I trusted this friend to do as I had been doing but someone on the yard has labelled the mare as bad mannered and took over which unsettled the mare and this lady shouted and smacked her with a stick and now she has her fearful look back in her eyes and I can't get near her with a bridle without her threatening to rear or bolt. I was hoping that someone might be able to give me some advice or an internet resource or something that might help with this.
Thanks in advance.