She's looking so much better! Keep up the great work!
I believe once upon a time Willow probably was a decent little kid's pony. She has enough "know-how" (when riding, she readily collects in hand at the trot to do a nice little shuffle, or will lengthen out and do a pretty serious extended trot that even leaves Claymore in the dust. On lead she positions well, will square up, do haunch pivots, and trot at the shoulder so she had some halter basics instilled as well) to lead me to believe someone put some effort into her training once upon a time. But she's learned to be a bully. I think at some point she soured on whichever kid she was hauling around, and chucked them off a time or two, and probably gained pasture ornament status as a result. I inclined to think she was probably as pasture ornament for quite some time, going off the shape she is in now. The people we bought her off of at the auction blew a line of BS but I'm just about certain they had her not much over a week or two before they ran her through the auction. I think she found success with tossing a bit of buck and attitude and was rewarded with a cushy pasture life and not being rode, and is only now learning to let go of the realization this scenario wont continue at my house.
Funny story: that's actually exactly what happened to Lacey! Except for the auction bit. Lacey basically just got sick of being pushed around by boys who wanted to run the bejeebuz out of her so she developed a very "exciting" pattern of behavior that scared them into getting off and leaving her alone. She had (at least now she doesn't) no intention of forcefully getting the person off, she just made it super unfun to be on her back so they got off on their own! Smart ponies, gotta love them!
She got to be retired for about ten years and became dangerously obese, like Willow, so she kinda also won at her own game.
However, I don't like fatties with attitude either! So once someone
found her way to me (by way of "She's going to be put down next week. Do you want her?"), someone
got to be worked until her fatty-ness disappeared and is now worked, hard, on a regular basis. How's that for karma? Heheheheh!