Raina was given to me because she reared, flipped over when tied, bucked when she cantered and mowed you over when you led her.
Last December I was part of another forum. If you weren't in the "click", you had no abilities. I wasn't in the click. When I introduced Raina, they told me I was downright stupid and didn't have the knowledge or experience to work with her.
Fast forward to today.
I don't ride Raina as much as I wish I did. I'm a working single mother and lots of other things come first. I do ride her once a week, or try to, and I was s proud of her today.
After our ride, a girl came over to me. I usually ride alone so I can concentrate, but the barn was packed. The girl started petting her and asked me what her name was. I told her, and she exclaims "Raina?!" and even scoped the pasture to see if it was true. She went around to the other boarders and pointed at her, and they had the same reaction. No one could believe she was Raina, the terror everyone had been warned about. Apparently she looked a lot different from what they remembered.
I am just so proud of her. I mean, so proud. She has a long way to go still, but she doesn't buck at the canter. She doesn't flip over backwards. She doesn't mow you over, and she doesn't rear anymore. I haven't been able to work with her as much as I'd like so she is a tad hefty, but her attitude has improved so much that no one recognized her.
She showed them there was more inside than just a monster. I mean, she can be stubborn and resilient at times, but that's why I like her so much. If you keep her mind focused, she will work until her heart stops. I'm so encouraged. I knew she had improved but seeing the reaction at the barn today made me beam with pride for her. What a good girl