My gelding had not been ridden for four years when we started our work. He was very lazy. It really helped him when we ride with other horses. He refused to move forward unless he was following someone. Also it helped to pony him up to me and my mare while my fiance sat on his back. I love him to death!
I agree with you about the trainer horror stories. Everyone put here does barrels and I had so many people tell me to force him into it. I think if you take your time with your gal you will grow a lot closer! Post a picture! I'm sure we would all love to see her!