I know there are a lot of posts on this topic, which I follow, but so far all of the recommendations haven't worked for my mare. She is an OTTB that I got in September who is very rude on the ground. When I first brought her home, she'd bump you with her head, spook on top of me, and pulled back when she felt any resistance. Ironically (and I'm not sure how) she is VERY responsive under saddle. However, until I get her ground work down, I have been doing only light riding, as I know its going to translate into riding at some point. The good news is, I've gotten her to calm down significantly: no more pull backs, no more bonking me with her head, etc. However, I am having trouble with ground exercises. For example, trying to get her to yield her hindquarters, move out from me, or do semi-circles. It seems that anytime I ask for any movement, she immediately leaps on top of me, as if for security. I have used a nylon halter with padding as well as a rope halter. She responds better to the rope halter and has feather light responses to pressure (such as backing, leading, etc) but obviously when I'm sending her OUT pressure isn't helpful. I also use a dressage crop. The crop is not really a deterrent, though, when she's making a bee-line for my face. Unless I continue to tap her with the crop in the chest while I am working with her, she constantly moves into my shoulder when I ask for movement. She's doing a lot better yielding her hindquarters, but if I ask for half-circles around me or even a full circle, she tries to move around me with her head near my shoulder. She free lunges really well, just by pointing and voice commands, but for some reason, sending her off in hand is difficult. I want to be sure I have this foundation down as its always wise in the case of an emergency. I've tried holding my hand up while working her so I can bat her away, but there has to be something I'm not doing right. Any recommendations? I've been feeding her some weight builder, as she lost weight from our move due to stress, but she doesn't seem to have become hot from it. I also feed her Nutrena SafeChoice, which has beet pulp and other great fiber. Sorry for the 'common' thread, but I really am stumped. :blushing: I've been working with horses for over 15 years, from foals to professionally trained horses, but the threshold for pressure on this mare is SO sensitive. If I do more than tap with the crop, she goes berserk and reacts like a h3llcat! Anything less and she ignores it. Thank you for any replies or suggestions.