Hey all! So I bought this 3yo filly in September. She is sweet natured but touchy, I was told she wasn’t handled much so assumed this was just from that. I have been working with her on desensitization and getting her ready to carry a rider. I started slow, teaching her to lunge where she first started out having tantrums not wanting to move out and flying backwards (almost scared I was going to smack her). From working with her a few times I got the feeling that someone was hard on her at one time. So I went back to square one and started lots of body control exercises, move front end, hind end, backing up, started making her walk small circles slow and calm then progressed to trotting and cantering. She’s come along way there. We then started working on getting used to the saddle pad, tarps, sacking out, and other desensitization. But I find with this mare, no matter how slow and calm we approach things, she will still freak out every time it happens. I will work with her, get her chilled out and relaxed to saddle pad and saddle then the next day we’re back at square one! Everyday is like she hit the reset button and we’re back to the first time. She gets nervous, throws her head up, flies back, panics, you name it. I have been very patient with this little gal but we have been at this for two months. I have treated her for every kind of ulcer under the sun and had teeth done, vet checked her out said all was good. So I am at a loss, I will keep doing what I’m doing because maybe she just needs so much time and I am willing to put it in, but does anyone else have any ideas or tips? I am open to insight as I have never had a mare this sensitive or reactive before so I don’t want to be approaching it the wrong way. Please be nice haha thanks all! Note: she is not spooky being ponied on trails or by natural objects!