I adopted her on July 31, 2010. She was 6 years old and totally wild.
How I came about getting her was a friend of a friend works directly with the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program. What he does is goes to holding facilities and picks out horses to bring back, train, and us as Promotional animals to encourage people to adopt the wild ones. Well, he had a small adoption scheduled for the 6 or 8 horses that he and a couple of other trainers working with him had trained. My mare, LeTigre, was NOT listed in the group to be adopted. When I saw the trainer, he asked me which one I was getting and I told him that he didn't have anything that I was interested in. He told me to "wait right here" and he walked away. Well, a short time later, LeTigre came running down the lane leading to a small corral and loading chute. My jaw dropped and the trainer smiled and said, "How about now?" He told me that he had picked her up in May and was planning to train her, but in the months that he had her, the only thing he had accomplished was being able to get in her 60 foot corral without her trying to dive through it. After the adoption, he told me that I was the only adopter that he was willing to let her go to, because he knew I would take my time and I would get through to her, IF anyone could. HUGE compliment to me.
As for training, the only training she has is what I have done. I have developed a bond with her, gained her trust (BIG ACHIEVEMENT) and respect. She leads, lets me pick up and trim her feet....ONLY ME so far though. She has nervously let my boyfriend and daughter touch her. The round pen training I have done in her Non-round pen, has taught her to face me and watch for my cues. I have been on her back about 5 times with no issues, except once when my heel bumped her (ACCIDENTALLY) and it startled her and she bucked...not terrible, but I hit my leg on a pole which took my foot out of the stirrup and I bailed off laughing. I got up and she stood quietly while I got back on her. She isn't scared of having me up there, but she does not like things bumping her ribs...working on that. She is still scared, but she likes me alot and nickers to me every time she sees me.
First time on her back.
Second time on her back. And texting....lol I trust her.