This horse was so scared when I took her on that she was actually dangerous. A habitual rearer, couldn't tie her up because she would set back every time and break either her halter/lead or what she was tied to, it took me three days to get a halter on her the first time and I couldn't even TOUCH her without a fight to begin with. She went over the round pen fence because of a very minor mistake I made, where I pushed when I could have and perhaps should have backed off, and because of that [or at least I believe it stems from that incident as I have seen nothing else that could have caused it!] she is cold-backed... though she isn't actually sore anywhere.
I was told not to bother. I was told I didn't know what I was doing, and that I would get myself killed. I was told that this horse [any horse] was better off dead than with me, putting up with my 'abusive' training and 'neglectful' ways. [bearing in mind that NONE of these people actually knew me or had seen me ride, or train, and NONE of them had come, when invited, to point out where exactly I was being so neglectful]
It's been a long and rocky road, but my horse is no longer a habitual rearer. She does set back when she's tied still, on occasion, but nowhere near as badly, and she has her definite triggers. I can handle her feet without her having a meltdown and for the first time, got a GOOD trim done on all four feet last week, not just a "quick, get the nippers, let's get this length off while she's standing quietly!"
She's started and going very kindly, though is presently spelling [I just brought her in for this video, was only a 10 minute ride] until she turns 3 and I bring her into light to moderate dressage work.
And her work ethic? Second to none. This horse tries SO hard for me and it's all business the moment the saddle goes on. She loves trail rides, although she has a severe lack of confidence when there are no other horses so I won't take her out alone.
Now - I am aware of my mistakes, I got some lovely critique on another forum so please excuse my errors.
I am about 5'3, so she looks pretty tiny, huh? I just have crazy long legs, she's actually over 16hh and very bum high at the moment - looking like she might make 16.3 or even 17hh at this rate! She's almost in ideal condition, I just want a little bit more weight on her so that she doesn't look horrible with the light coming from a certain angle and making the very faint shadow of rib look 100000x worse than it actually is.
The love I feel for this horse is just beyond anything I can possibly comprehend and I'm so proud of how far she's come. I'm honored to be "her" person.
ALL VIDEO AND EDITING CREDIT GOES TO MY AMAZING FRIEND ANNIE.