I have been having a HUGE problem with motivating myself to ride, so I am hoping that by journaling here about it I will be more motivated. Just a little back story, I am a mostly self taught rider. I just started taking lessons a couple of months ago. My first horse passed away from colic when I was 14 and then I bought a crazy TB. I still have her, she's my old lady :) She taught me a lot about horses, but I think she scared me as well. We had some rough times. Call me crazy, but about a month and a half ago I went out and adopted an OTTB named Shimmering Crystal. She's beautiful, and smart, and stubborn as hell lol. (The picture of the two of us was the day she walked off the trailer.)
Since then, we have worked with a trainer four times, and we've been doing fairly well. She has no concept of bending, rhythm, or well work in general. She fights me tooth and nail if I try to lunge her to the right, and she HATES trotting over a pole.
I took her to an Extreme Trail Challenge a couple weeks ago and I have to say, she did amazing. I didn't ride her, but she took all of the obstacles and didn't complain about them at all.
I'll post some more pics as I play with her, and you all can see how far we are coming (and hopefully give us some encouragement lol).
The pic of me riding her was from my lesson on the 25th.