So a new boarder came last year with her horse Princess and new foal Akilah. Princess and her owner found eachother and fell in love years before and her owner took her on and decided to train her
.( Princess, as far as I know, had been left at pasture for her entire life with little to no, human contact.)
At the time, her owner had no horse experience so decided to learn a bunch and do all of Princess's groundwork and then get her trained to ride by a pro. So her groundwork training went well but when she was sent to many, many trainers, all of them gave up on her. None of them could get anywhere with this horse and frankly, the owner didn't end up liking their impatient training styles.
Soo anyways, she brought Princess to our barn and continued with her groundwork training. Getting her used to saddles, bridles, and ground driven. Then she asked me if I would start backing her and training her to be ridden (as her owner has no confidence in the saddle yet). I agreed happily and had great success the other weekend :) FIRST person to ride this mare and not be unloaded everytime! Her owner had the biggest smile on her face and looked to be almost in tears! It just felt so good to be able to make progress with the horse she had put years of work in to and that had almost made her give up on teaching to ride. I rode her again the following day and made loads more progress!
We are planning to continue to work as a team this summer to get her rideable :)
Just thought I'd share this ! Any similar experiences?