Ok! So, I got the target today and took it out to the ranch. I put my horse in the round pen and started shooting. She didn't even notice. Didn't care at all. So, I shot for a while, worked on my aiming and loading the arrow without looking. Then I thought, what the heck, she doesn't care at all, so I tied her up and started shooting. Still nothing, just falling asleep. So I kept moving closer to her and shooting, until I was touching her and shooting. Still nothing. She'd watch a little, but no jump or any hint of a spook. Soooo, in keeping with that whole 'taking it slow' thing, I went ahead and shot from her back. (Note the sarcasm, lol) She kinda put her head up the first time, but didn't move. So I stayed there for a while, shooting from her back. She stopped her faint reaction after about 8 arrows shot. Then she started falling asleep again. Then we worked on her reinless response riding in the arena, and I had her transitioning easily through all the gaits, doing nice turns, and stops from all gaits without touching the reins. So then, I'm crazy, but I decided to go for it. I shot from her back from the stop, and then from the walk. It didn't even phase her, she did awesome. We left it at that for the day. It was probably the coolest thing I've ever done, I highly recommend it, lol. Things I have learned: a quiver is a must. I definitely need to get one. I had no idea what to do with the extra arrows, and I haven't figured out how to hold them and shoot.
Second, I don't know about this whole taking two weeks per step thing. I think it depends on the horse. Mine is a 17 year old totally been there done that kind of horse. So, that's just my experience so far. I haven't died yet. I wouldn't feel comfortable going that fast with most horses though. It was awesome though! I can't wait to do it again!