We recently acquired a ten-year-old quarter horse mare. She had been trained as a cutting horse, but more recently had been a companion horse who was pretty much left out in a dry pasture with a buddy and didn't receive much attention.
When she first arrived, she was a bit aloof, but very patient with us fawning over herbrushing, a bath, morning and afternoon walks around the round pen. However, in less than a week, she began pinning her ears back when we would approach her...quite a sad feeling for my seven-year-old daughter. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.