So my objective with Dawn right now is to spend time with her and build a relationship based on little things going right, so that I can be more comfortable around her (without getting so comfortable that I make the kind of stupid mistake that got me kicked) and so that she can be more comfortable and trusting with me. I need to be confident so she can be confident - our horses look to us for this and need us to be able to provide it. So we'll start by doing things I know we can successfully do together, and as we both become comfortable with those things, expand the circle little by little. Dawn has lots of issues she needs to work on, but we can't get to those things until she's more comfortable with me and I'm more confident and can provide that confidence to her.
Right now we're just grooming. I gave her a thorough grooming, tied outside the barn, including her tail. She was very good and relaxed for the whole thing, and the feet were no problem. I don't usually hand feed a lot of treats, but have found that with a horse that is disconnected or doesn't want to engage with you (like Maisie was when I got her) that treats can be a way to reward the horse for being with you and can spark some interest. So Dawn got some treats while we were grooming, which she seemed to enjoy.
We'll just take it one day at a time. I'm also going to try the treats when I take her to the pasture, to see if I can encourage her to spend a moment with me at the gate rather than galloping off when I release her.