I had a super hot OTTB. He was extremely well trained on the ground. I taught a ton of little kids to groom, bath, bandage, lunge, etc with him. Under saddle, he was extremely hot and smart as a whip. I had to learn to ride him and work at having a partnership with him. He gave me his all every single day as long as I gave him the respect he deserved, acted as the herd leader, and looked out for his best interests. When I began retraining him from jumpers to dressage, he learned so quickly it was crazy. He learned to halt in one ride. He was voice trained to halt, walk, and trot in two weeks. Learning to accept contact was a whole other battle, but once he figured it out, he was so willing to please me and try his hardest. It all comes down to training, good, bad, or ugly. We only have our selves to blame.
Strength is not defined by physical ability. It is determined by your actions and the compassion of your soul.