I went through hell and back with my gelding. I was told he was green broke but upon arriving to the owners house and riding him it was clear he was just started. He had a rider on his back following other horses around the property/arena but never worked with much by himself. I got him to go VERY well for me during our ride that even the owner was amazed. We just clicked and I knew then and there that he was mine. I brought him home 2 weeks later and let him settle in for a while before working him at all. I did ground work for a solid 2 months while letting him gain back some much needed weight. After a couple months perfecting ground work I decided it was time to ride! We has a few good rides of just walking and circling, and over night it seemed like he was a different horse. He decided he didn't want to be ridden and was bucking (theres an old thread on this so I don't want to start a discussion here and have people put in their 2 cents), so we were back to square one with ground work. He became extremely hot and fairly dangerous at one point. I was heart broken and ready to sell him. I decided to switch up his grain to see if that what was making him so hot or if it was just his true personality coming through now that he had gained a lot of weight and was healthy again...and what do you know? A couple days later, after cutting his food down, he was back to the horse I remember...quiet, lazy, personable and happy. After a few more months of ground work it was time to get in the saddle again. I can't tell you how amazing it felt to be on his back (and him not having a care in the world), especially after being so close to giving up. He has turned out to be the best horse I could ask for.
One of our first rides after many, many months of hard work.
And our first bareback ride which meant a lot to me...he HATED the feeling of being ridden bareback and would try to get you off. But after a lot of work put into it and taking it slow, he actually prefers being ridden bareback now.
His head looks HUGE in this picture lol
Everyone has the cutest pics!
I hated, hated horses up until Zeus changed my mind. My sister had started riding lessons, and I was totally against the idea of having a horse. But, I got involved in the search, and ended up loving it. So, I came into the horse game late Here's a picture of my sister and I riding on Zeus! Probably only my third time on him. Notice the conveniently placed slimming blurs
And then us at the county fair, about 9 months after we got him (on the right):
He's such a sweetheart, I don't know what I'm going to do when he's gone!