When I first bought Athena she was barely considered broke, and I was not entirely aware how green she was until after I bought her. She was too much horse for me back then. My trainer had to suddenly move, and so I was on my own. With a horse that bolted at random times, spooked at almost everything, and turned into a bronc any time I asked her to canter. She had no idea how to back-up, stop, or turn properly. I felt like I was riding a ticking time bomb.
She was the only horse I rode more or less for months. I would ride her, but I was extremely cautious. I never could relax while I was on her, and it started to feel more like a chore to ride her. Which it was because she needed training, but I didn't have the guts. I would let my friend ride her, and she would ask her to canter. I would sit on the viewing stand next to the arena with eyes like this ->O.O Like holy crap, she can buck THAT high. lol It got to the point where I didn't want to ride her. I wanted a trail horse, not a project. Most people would say sell her, but I didn't have the heart to do it.
That summer I went to my friends house in Ohio for almost a month. She has an awesome AQHA gelding, completely bombproof. She let me ride him while I stayed there. We galloped through fields, went on long trail rides, did some jumping. It was fun, and I loved it. I got to remember what it felt like to ride a horse like that.
I returned from that trip with a new perspective on things. I felt like 'Yea, Athena needs a lot of work, but think of how great she'll be after wards', and I was right. She turned out to be everything I wanted in a horse and more.