So I went up to my grandparents house and they own one of our old reining horses. You wouldn't know it to look at her now but she was a +1 in almost everything she did and was shown in a lot of Cowhorse classes too, and won a lot of buckles. She's kind of a funny looking old lady now, but she's a sweetie. That dun horse following her around was her last baby, nine years ago....She was never weaned. Yeah. She's not halter broke, me and mom took on that challenge but we couldn't even get close to her except for a brief scratch. She is essentially a wild horse right now. It sucks because she is a NICE horse. With any luck we might be bringing them both home to work with.
Anywho, April is 20 years old now, and this is essentially the "restarting" process. She came back really nicely! She developed some disrespect issues but was trained previously with a lot of NH methods so I made Mom lunge her while I video'd Her attitude adjustment was successful, then I got to get a "pony ride" and did some walking around on her. I trotted a little but I am ultra paranoid about old horses who are out of shape so it was more of a "Hey, remember when you used to be ridden all the time? Let's do some of that!"
If she does get to come back we will take them both to an arena and round pen and work on getting the baby tame and getting April back in shape, slowly. She was a little sore this morning when we left, poor old girl, but not too bad.
Oh and it was a sucky situation with the tack. I did not like the pad at all, it slipped WAY back on her, but unfortunately the only one we had in the car :( It's the one we use underneath of other pads with a horse who needs "Built up".