Barry, I have upset her... A couple times, it shaved years off my life! I have sat out some bug buckers, and her tantrum was not "grand" but the sheer power of her, and the feeling of having absolutely no say in the matter was very unnerving. The argument started over me getting too much of her face with my hands, too often, one could say she educated me. LOL
She goes better without a bit for those with less than steady hands, so she actually goes around in a side pull now (because when your horse is THIS big, picking a fight becomes stupidity!). She takes a bit for very soft handed people, or driving, but for lessons I keep her on the lunge and bitless... Some things just aren't worth the fight.
Same mare... This was actually her first day "under saddle" during a clinic with a lady who wanted a demo horse for her "stress free colt starting" methods as a means to demonstrate that backing day need not be a nail biting experience for anyone... The youngster up there in this photo watched the whole process and said to his mom "It has ALWAYS been my dream to ride a big draft horse...", his mom started to deny him when the clinician said that he would be just fine up there (I had already been up...) so up he went... Not sure if he or the horse had the bigger smirk
My daughter at about 18 months old (daddy is driving "in hand" style... If you can see him) LOL
She is an amazing horse, being both a lot of horse but not, all at the same time. Unlike a lot of drafts she is not at all thick skinned, and she can be offended if someone tries to bully her into something... But she is tolerant of those learning as long as it doesn't hurt her.
I have a few hard copy photos of her at a 4H clinic when one youth found herself without a mount... Another spectator took them for me... The coach that day said she had rarely met a horse she liked better as a lesson "pony", it isn't often you get a temperment like hers, and there were certainly some dropped jaws over her HUGE canter stride (250 foot long side of the ring being used was turned into 11 canter strides...Without effort, Where the average horse was getting 20-27).