When I rode her today she was a little more responsive, I did the ask-tell-demand thing and it seemed to work pretty good. She is just a bit more of a headcase than I think I have ever delt with in my many years of working with WP horses. She is pretty shut down which is sad, the owner does plan on taking her on some trails so hopefully she will get out of her "mood" soon. She's such a fancy WP mover I think with some reconditioning she will make a great show pony again.
Glad to hear that she's showed some improvement! I agree with PP, to take her on the trails will brighten her. I've also had success with using lateral movement exercises for this type of problem. Avoid working in straight lines, stay off the rail, and do exercises on the trails. Accomplish more sensitivity and responsiveness at the walk first and the rest should follow.
GL with her, keep us posted!
In my opinion I don't think trail riding her will help her go while she is in the ring. I think I would just start riding with a crop and if she doesnt listen to your legs without the spurs then get after her with it.
Sounds like she needs to learn that being ridden is FUN! Even if that means cantering circles in an arena! That enthusiasm will come from her realizing that she is having fun when being ridden. Not from being spurred and whipped. I agree with the trails to get her to perk up, sounds like she'll be a bit jumpy at first, but that's ok! Poor girl doesn't know what she's missing!