I rode trail horses as a kid but never had the opportunity to own my own horse until 3 months ago. "Angel" is an 8yr old Mare. Ex racer, then brood mare, then trained by owners son to ride western style. The owner said she was safe for a beginner and I seem to agree but, as soon as we got her home she began cribbing. The owner never mentioned it but I think he knew. She has had trouble joining the group of 4 horses she lives with. I see her and care for her every day and ride her every weekend. She does not want to do ANYTHING unless following my riding partners horse. She won't walk abreast, she won't lead. If you force her, the ears go back and trouble brews... If we split up on the trail I have nothing but trouble with her. I stand firm and make her walk but I'm not enjoying it and neither is she.
Do I need to start over from square one? There are so many books, videos, methods, I have pat Pirrelli tapes and he makes the horse do everything but fix lunch but I'm still stuck with a fairly sweet, stubborn, half trained horse. I need a place to start.