she has this thing she loveesss to do.. when you ask her to do something she doesnt feel like doing, she will back up as fast as she can and spin real quick. it is a pain in the butt lol we nearly broke a fence one day. i tried as hard as i could to get her to move forward, spurred her- whipped her.. the thing about bella is when you whip her, she just gets even more pi**ed off and acts out 2x as bad! normally i would just let her back it out, then i would force her to keep on backing until she got sick of backing. but in some instances, it isnt possible to do that. she has backed into other horses. all over opening a gate. and you can clearly tell it isnt a "scared" back because her ears are not pinned forward and she isnt antsy. her ears go straight back, her tail swishes and she just goes back. but 90% of the time, she is a sure footed and reliable trail mount. not much spooks her. she just has her off days. :) thanks for the wonderful compliments on her! makes me happy atleast a few people thing she isnt completely deformed. i always thought she was a pretty girl. thats why i named her bella. it is italian for pretty.