And I guess myself too because a year ago I was pretty sure that I might be able to get Lacey to a place where she was reasonably safe for an experienced rider to ride and while at this point I wouldn't just go throw a beginner up on her and slap her butt I think she could handle being ridden by an advanced beginner under my supervision.
She's been looking a little off at the trot (gonna post videos in the health section once they upload) so I've been just walking her and working on her "skillz" like neck reining and side passing, that sort of thing.
First amazing indecent: even though she did walk off when I mounted she stopped when I said "ho" without any fuss at all. 3 months ago I tried that and she started rearing and bucking. O.o
Second amazing event: I really POed her by repeatedly asking her to side pass to the right (she does not want to take one sideways step to the right, she's fine wit one step going to the left) but she didn't rear or do anything worse than throwing her head around! She usually shows her frustration by rearing and tuning me out but she did neither one! I eventually got my one step and we were done for the day.
It seriously makes me want to cry because she's trying so hard to do what I want and to figure out what I'm asking without fighting me when every ride used to be a fight. Geez I love her.
All it took was understanding, not smacking her around for fighting me since it's a "I don't get it!" response, not asking for more than I knew she could handle and 6 months of groundwork.
Anybody else have an amazing ride today?