I bought a seemingly not spooky, calm, yearling at a sale last fall, brought her home and she wasn't so calm or not spooky anymore. Quite frankly, she acted like a wild horse that had never been handled before.
I was pretty disappointed in my $750, I was hoping for a horse I didn't have to work with from complete scratch, like the last horse I broke, but, I got over it.
Well, then we started the long road to trust and just having her be comfortable with being touched and handled.
Slowly, me and my mother got her to the point where we could pet her in the field sometimes, but only if she was in the mood for it. So, a ton of work later....
We got to the point where we could catch her in the field and she would lead, and I got her lunging at the walk a bit, free lunging in the roundpen as well.
And then came time for her first saddle:
Needless to say, that spook cancelled out a fair bit of work.
So, I did MORE work and got her to the point where she would stand to be patted everywhere.
And then today, she got to try out a bit for the first time.
She gave to it both left and right and even backed up with it from the ground.
I also saddled her and she allowed me to put weight in the stirrup on both sides, even though there were a few spooks leading up to it (took me over half an hour) and she didn't spook if I hopped as if I was going to get on.
We then went for an inhand walk around the yard and found all kinds of scary things to sniff.
Oh progress, how I love you!