Mare purchased two months ago. Her nervousness was obvious even at purchase exam, as was owners ("Oh… you want to ride her?"). No explanation from former owner, other than saying that mare was fine when they bought her last year, and they suspected drugging.
Horse is 10 years old, a former broodmare until she dropped off the map about five years ago, so her recent history is a guess. She is mildly to moderately herdbound, but seems willing to consider that possibly people could count as her 'herd'. Her responsiveness to cues and ability to pick up both leads on demand suggests she is fairly well broke. She ties, leads, longes like a dream (Possibly some natural horsemanship Ray Hunt type work on longing there), saddles, bridles, trailers, all the good stuff. Is a more nervous personality– paws occasionally when nervous, can throw a fit when other horses are taken out of the stable, will dance when ridden if she gets upset by something. Also has the potential to rear when nervous.
The problem: She does NOT want to be mounted, and even once mounted she stays nervous and upset for a few minutes. She is athletic enough to really blow up in a big way if pushed, and desperate enough to please that when she moves away from being mounted, she turns and tries to give you her face, as if to say, "Here…. just pet me, we don't really want to do this mounting thing." She's also smart enough to notice little things, like my tugging my jeans up before mounting (triggers her to move away). Note: this mare will sweat during a mounting as we work with her– I'm really not getting the whole "I'm too lazy to want to work" vibe from her at all. She came with her own set of stitches, so I'm suspected a wreck that started either with being mounted, or right after being mounted.
So does anyone have any different, off the wall methods for dealing with this type of problem?