As some of you know my Mother In Law took my horse money to auction and bought me a horse at the end of August from a "Camp Horse" auction. I didn't mind this at the time because she was going with a friend of hers who rehabs auction horses for use as pleasure horses. They picked Topaz for me. A horse who was so drugged in the ring that he let the handler do a headstand on him. Ever since I have been working with him slowly to both put weight back on him (he was a disgusting 700-750lbs) and work with his attitude.
I have the assistance of a wonderful trainer who has the patience of a saint. Since day 1 Topaz could be saddled, however if he even saw the bit he'd freak out. If you jingled it he would back up, if you brought it to his face he'd rear.
The trainer has gotten him to take the bit twice in the last month, both times it would take nearly a half hour. Yesterday I got it in about 10 minutes! I was glowing I was so happy! It's taken a lot of treat, love and practice to get him to let me bring the bit near his face. He's fine once it's in, it is the act of getting it on him that is emotionally terrifying for him.
Every day brings me closer to riding him!