Today I was free lunging my 4yo TB mare in the arena and she was jumping a bit. She was being really good about going when I asked, so I didn't need the lunge whip at all. I remembered seeing people on TV turn their back to their horse and the horse walked to them (I think it's called join up). I was like what the heck so I tried it. As soon as I turned around my mare walked up to me and blew on my back. I petted her and then sent her back to work. Was this join up or just something cute? She was following me everywhere after that too. If I would run, she would trot. If I turned or backed up, she would too.
I also rode her bareback for the first time today and she was great. We mostly walked but trotted a bit too and then I took off her bridle and let her roll in the sand. It's amazing to think about how far we've come in just two months. She only has about one crazy day (bucking, bolting, rearing, you name it) a week now, where as before it was almost every ride.