Well, I was given Prin when I was 15. I had no clue about dressage was completely indestructable. We worked pretty well together but there was no click. I didn't feel the bond with her that I'd even felt with school horses.
She was VERY difficult to load and just cranky all round. NH changed that we have a bond now we play with liberty a fair bit (ok we show off too but kids are easy to impress). We went through a tricky time with injuries and while she was rehabbing worked on things like one rein riding. If I could get the emergency stop down I'd start on some bridleless work.
We've just started foxhunting and floating her is not an issue I point her nose to the trailer and she walks straight in. Basically NH helped me to enjoy my wonderful horse! She's now 16 with arthritis in her fetlocks but hasn't slowed down one iota!
Ella is my ultimate success! I was given her at 15 months still suckling, I had to wean her and start from scratch. All she knew was pats and scratches she had no idea of being led and was bottle fed because it was cute! So I started with a spoilt baby.
I'd worked with some greenies before but really it was more dumb luck then training! As you can imagine I made some mistakes! Lots of em! As she got a bit bigger I'd occasionally get worried by her, as with most inexperienced people I had no Idea how much she had it over me.
I started with a trainer who started us on Parellis 7 games and WHAT a difference. We were almost ready to get her started! Then she had a bad accident (went through a fence) she was yarded for months and she went FERAL. Some of the staff would let her get away with pigrooting at the fence as she was being fed so it got worse. I always took a carrot stick with me and if she showed me her bum she wore it! I couldn't understand why the problem hadn't been fixed until I learnt what she was getting away with.
Ella is the sort of mare if you give her an inch she'll take a mile, she was already having oissues with other people befoer she got hurt, just a complete lack of respect, but wasnt too bad with me.
I was having to sedate her to do her legs as I was alone doing them, the only people that could handle her were my boss and I and my boss was in bed sick.
Once she was well enough we started working again and for weeks everytime was hard work!
Suddenly 2 months later we had a breakthrough. I'd been told once she could deal with my energy, her energy and environmental energy we could look at getting on. Well we eventually got there. Our first ride was amazing, all walk but I still cried!
Her 4th ride a huge gust of wind came through, almost a mini twister completely blinding us, she jumped forward once then stood. I am convinced without the groundwork I WOULD have come off that day!
About her 10th ride we had a jumps session (see vids).
I'm stil cautious as to who handles her but she's a breeze for those that know enough to pick up on the little things! She went 3 weeks without being ridden and no issue. She was only started in January I'm really happy with her!