Originally Posted by Kaylastacy12
I openly admitted I know nothing about horses and am asking for help.
OP...I would strongly encourage you to seek advice and instruction from an experienced horseman/woman and one familiar with Pasos if you can.
Your problems aren't going to stop with working with this mare on the ground. Instruction under saddle would greatly benefit you and your horse. Riding isn't just about getting on and having the horse take you someplace. It's about learning balance, how to properly cue, how to react in an emergency, etc. You need to learn to be a confident handler/rider. Horses respond to that.
If you have no clue what you are doing, you will be creating a very frustrated horse and will likely end up with more problems than you have now.
All the advice I have seen here has been given with the intent of saving you grief...and for the benefit of the horse also. Lots of years of experience here and most of us have been through it.
Trust me on this...it's much more pleasant to learn from experienced instruction if at all possible than to wing it and learn the hard way.