I've only recently returned to horses after a 26 year hiatus... and the pony I have wasn't the one I thought I'd use to re-enter the field in. I had adopted a 19 yo Apx that was a 'been-there; done-that' kinda guy... unfortunately due to a horrible navicular situation and false information, I was informed by my vet, that the most humane thing to do for him, as to put him down - which I did. But, this happened right before I adopted his 'eventual' replacement. A young gelding, unhandled, not broken, to work and train 'my way' until I retired my old man. Well, I've owned my 4yo for 1 1/2 years and have worked with ground work, basic manners, grooming tolerance ( he had none ) and what's expected in a full-care/barn situation. I have been undersaddle with him twice. The first time was a 10 minute ride in a round pen - went flawlessly. Second time, due to my wanting to find his "push button" I tried mounting from the ground ( never attempted before with him ) and I was bucked off, and he required a visit from the chiropractor. Since then, we have only done ground work and have been resaddled twice. Needless to say, at my age and body condition ( twice have broken my back ) I am nervous. Now, he's respectful on the ground, works off of hand and vocal cues 97% of the time. My plan is to send him out to a reputable trainer that is of the same mindset as me, to break through with him. He's got a gentle, great temperament. And, I've said a million times, if I never ride him, he will still be mine forever... but it sure would be nice to ride him. Am I putting too much pressure on myself, on him? He's the perfect age and the last 1 1/2 years have been stress free living, with care, respect and patience. I am hoping its been enough for him to "forget" his past, because I am his present and future.