I got my first horse....now what?
Hi everyone, I'm new to horses so I apologize in advance for my ignorance!
Here is my delimma in a nutshell. I have come into possession of a beautiful 6 year old mare quarter horse. She was rescued as a yearling from bad conditions and turned into a very sweet, good riding horse.....until her owner was in a car wreck that broke her back and could no longer ride. All her horses went through a sale barn where this mare ended up back in unpleasant conditions. She is stunted in growth and was being cowboyed (that's the term I was given for the rough way she was handled) by 2 sizeable men with no patience. She is also blind (or possibly just impaired visually) in her left eye.
She is my first horse and I waited 40 years to get one, so this will be her home for the rest of her life. She is spooky, WILL NOT load on a trailer, and to have been a great riding horse she only turns left and whoa is optional. I've only had her 3 days and I'm very glad to say we've made considerable progress with being able to catch her (she walks up...or close and doesn't jump when approached anymore).
I am hoping to trail ride her the end of September for a charity but her happiness is priority. My question is....how do I get her to turn right and stop on command? Why isn't left a problem? My knowledge of horses is extremely limited and I got her tack and saddle from the previous (rough) owner so I'm not even sure it's right for her. What can I do to let her know she's safe with me.....load in a trailer. ....and right hand turn? Oh....and stop would be nice! I guess I should feel lucky....she broke the other man's collarbone and cracked a few ribs, she just wanders in circles til she's tired with me.