My horse was used as a demo horse by Monty Roberts.
It went sort of like this...
A friend of mine had a two year old who was about a month older than mine and showed up at my boarding stable one day and told me to load up my two year old gelding. On the way to the fair grounds, she informed me that Monty Roberts was looking for a two year old to start for his demo that night.
So we got to the fair grounds, unloaded, and stood in line with about 20 other horses. About half of them were two year olds, the rest were older horses.
It turned out that he was looking for four horses, not one. They wanted; one two year old to start under saddle, one bucker, one that would not load into a trailer, and one with bad ground manners.
One at a time, in the order of arrival, each owner lead their horse to the round pen and handed them to a handler. The owner then went and sat and had a 15 minute conversation with Roberts while the handler pushed the horse around the pen and was evaluated by two different vets for soundness.
After all the horses had been looked at, everyone was brought back into the arena, horses in tow, for the big choice... Add dramatic pause here... and of all things to be embarassed about, my twerp of a colt was chosen to be the bad ground manners horse. Sigh.
Everyone who offered up a horse was given two front row tickets. The chosen horses went into stalls. We did leave long enough to go grab a fast food lunch as I did have my eight year old daughter with me, but other than that 20 minutes, my horse never left my sight. Four hours later the demo began.
Roberts started with starting a cute 2 year old buckskin. In less than an hour, she accepted saddle, bridle, rider and was working somewhat smoothly at w/t/c.
Next up was a horse who hated small spaces to the point that it had taken four people ten minutes to get her into the stall. Thirty minutes later she loaded into a slant three trailer at liberty.
Mine was the next. He came into that arena like a wild child paying no respect to the man leading him. Twice he tried to bolt into the audience and several times he reared. Now, the first two horses pushed around the round pen, by Monty Roberets at a canter, not my horse. He likes to trot, and trot is what he did. Roberts loved the opportunity to point out that speed is NOT the issue. It did take about 25 minutes to get my horse to join up, but then he did everything Roberts asked of him. Calmly, without rearing, he ground drove, lunged, picked up his feet, and just relaxed. He walked out of the arena completly calm and relaxed.
The last horse was a bucker... Now I will say that Roberts did a good job workign with that horse, but I don't think she was fixed.
I was also given a couple videos on ground manners and a soft cotton lead line for letting them use my horse.
My boy, who had a tendancy to rear at the drop of a hat, did not rear again for over seven years.