That horse in your avatar is beautiful sarahver and I'm glad that there are still riders like you out there that will stick it through with a 'difficult' horse and in the end have a perfect companion. My first horse that I owned was an appendix mare that was bought at an auction by a friend of mine to try to sell for a profit. When she realized she didn't have the time to put into it, she just wanted her money back so she sold her to me for $600. I was the only person that got on her that didn't get bucked off! I couldn't get her to canter with me on her back for the life of me, and I only rode her around in the pasture because I had no one to ride with. She had some bad experiences...apparently the person who sold her at the auction had picked her up somewhere along the way and just trailered her from auction to auction until she was sold. When my friend bought her, they couldn't get her into the trailer. They ended up putting a long rope on her halter, running the rope through the trailer and out one of the windows and hooked it to the back of their pickup truck. They put the truck in drive and kept steady pressure on the lead until she couldn't fight it anymore and was yanked into the trailer. She came in so fast that she hit her head on the front of the window the rope was coming through and cut above her eye. So, when I had her, that was the one big thing I was working on. I would take some hay and treats and just go sit in the doorway to the trailer and try to get her to come as close as possible but I never got her to go in. When I finally had to move her to a new barn, I found one that wasn't too far away and led her there...it was a few miles so it was a LONG walk. She was a little barn sour and she was panicked when I tacked her up and led her away from the barn so when I mounted her she tried frantically to turn back to go to the barn. Since I heard stories of her bucking people off for that reason i decided to play it safe and not ride her to the new barn. Once there, she shut down. I couldn't get her to move on the lunge line, couldn't get her to move with me on her back. The woman who owned the barn tried to ride her and she nearly got bucked off. So it was a sad day but I realized I didn't have the time to put into training her and told the woman who owned the barn that if she found the RIGHT home for her, she could give her to them. Not long after she came across a family who wanted a horse for their kids, they had cattle too. Seemed nice so she said they could take her for a trial. They pulled their trailer up and she walked right in. The BO said she couldn't believe it, thought it was a fluke so she led her back out and walked her back in with no problem. The new family took her home and she checked on them later. They said she's the best horse, her kids ride her around the pasture bareback and she's awesome with them. I'm sad that I couldn't keep her but it sounds like she found the perfect home anyway. Hopefully one day I will get MY horse of a lifetime!