When to Give Up
I'm feeling defeated. Last May, I adopted a BLM mustang mare. She's beautiful. And has tons of potential, but the longer I have her the more I feel out-horsed. I'm soon to be 21, and have had horses since I was 5. But my confidence is shot, I'm out of practice because I'm scared to ride my horse, and I'm frustrated because I don't want to give up on her! Realistically, I have time to ride 3-4 times a week easily, yet I've only been on a handful of rides the past year.
She's come a really long way, but she is still hard to catch and nervous/shy. Once she's caught she's very well behaved. She has perfect ground manners and is very willing. I tend to take her on hikes more than anything, because I adore her on the ground. But she's very spooky and I'm struggling to decide now whether I want to send her back to training or if I should try and find a more suitable home for her.
I think at this point I would be better off with an old, trusty horse. I'm just having a hard time with this decision.
Just to add, she had 30 days with a great trainer when I first got her, and is walk/trot under saddle. I handle her often but still don't feel comfortable standing behind her. She doesn't offer to kick/bite/buck, she just is unsettled, and obviously that rubs off on me and makes me nervous.