I don't know if all hot breeds are the same, but I'm finding it with the Arabs. I am not a brave rider, but I don't find a reactive Arab scary to ride, because, at least for mine, they are deep down sensible, they don't want to get themselves or their rider in trouble, so mine don't do mindless panic, but they are always alert and on the alert.
It was a defining moment for me yesterday, I had her stopped at right angles to the rails, and was going to get a step or two of side pass, well I asked with the same level of intensity as I ask Ben, and in a few short seconds, parts of seconds, she moved forward, as I was blocking that movement she figured that wasn't it, so she would try back, as I was thinking no not back, ask for a little forward, she is already heading toward the rail again, but has now figured that side pass is what is needed, and is starting to move over, just as I am blocking the forward motion. Emmy, rightly, is now screw you lady I'm going to reverse, and get light on the front, because AGHHHHHH.
All that happened so quickly, it was so scary to see how fast you could melt that mare back down again. We tried again, stop, GOOD GIRL Emmy, now just stand here and breathe, and I'm going to caress your side here, and YES, lovely little movement to the side, GOOD GIRL Emmy, now lets walk around for a while, and then we will try again.
I can so see why she was so overloaded in a show barn, she needs one patient person just to build her confidence in herself from the ground up, if she keeps succeeding she will become awesome, it is my job to help that journey.
Bluespark, LOL that's Ben to a T, well it was until now, ow we work at ask lightly, if we don't get, then a quick reinforcement with a whip,he is early enough in his training that we can hopefully over come that draft plod mindset