I got Destiny when I was 9 and she was 3. Now I'm 14 and she is 8. I got her for Christmas. I rode her everyday (if I remember right). She was SO tolerable of me. When I couldn't get on her bareback, I'd walk her to the big roundbale in the middle of her pasture. I then proceded to climb up it and JUMP onto her back. She never once "complained". Then a couple of months after I got her I was riding her and I fell off, literally leaned to far over one side and it shook me up. I didn't ride for months. Then we sent her to my cousins grandpa and he broke her a little better than she was. We got her back a few weeks later and she was fine (not that there was anything wrong with her to begin with). I still didn't ride her much. Then my parents got a divorce and Destiny was sent to live with my grandparents. I rode her maybe once every year for 4 years. Then this year I finally decided I was sick of her just being a pasture ornament. So anyway a few weeks ago I found a cut on her leg. Its better now and I've been riding her every chance I get. Since her leg was hurt she was in the dry lot with my pony. She has lost so much of her hay (grass) belly, she looks AMAZING! So a week or two ago I got up at 6:30 and we rode till 8. She did amazing. Only a few hops here and there. So today I got out there about 2 and got Destiny out of the lot and saddled up. Te flies were terrible so she wasn't very focused and I didn't have any fly spray. I rode her an about 30-40 acre pasture and we loped a little. I think a fly bit her because she kicked her back feet up a little and slid. Then I rode her to a 3-4 acre pasture and let her loose to eat sone grass for a while. I got bored so I jumped on bareback and rode her to the pond ( it was really hot today). I planned on taking her into the pond so I took my boots and socks off. She got her two front feet in and then proceeded to paw at the water. I didn't want to get rolled on so I pulled her out and something spooked her and she was ready to run! But I held back. Then I rode her around the barrel pattern for the first time ever 3 times at a walk. She behaved so well. Now in thinking about showing her and riding her in the 4th of July parade.