Trailhorserider, that's an interesting comment about taking a year to get to know a horse. Never thought about that before. I've been riding Shandy, aka, Mr. Big, since last Fall when we got him. He's my first horse and I'd never ridden before (not counting a couple of "test rides" on Mrs. mare to see if I'd like it).
Anyway, he and I are still getting used to each other--I'm getting used to riding and being consistent in my aids, he's getting used to me not knowing how to ride and being inconsistent in my aids. Sigh.
If I could ride every day, or every other day, I'm sure it'd help. But, like many of us, I'm a slave to the weather. Don't want to ride if it's way cold or so windy I'll get blown out of the saddle or raining or any combination of the above. And that get's pretty darn limiting! Dad-rat-it-all-anyway!
"Don't just feed it! Ride it!" And the People said "AMEN!"