She brought her mare home. She's actually found a very nice farm to board at. Best of all, she's not boarding where I am! Still haven't been able to talk her into buying a helmet... But she did ask me to stop by and show her how to lunge a horse, so I linked her a video on how to lunge. Since she's not at my barn, I can claim to be too busy to stop over and train her horse myself.
She's been watching training videos, (on YouTube... But it's something! There are great resources there) and seems to really resonate with Pat Parelli and bitless and barefoot ideologies.
Personally I haven't seen all that many horses respond well to parelli training that weren't trained by parelli himself... But at least she's willing to learn, even if she's not willing to listen to me!
The important thing is that the horse hasn't killed her yet!
I did take a peek at the tack that came with the horse when she bought it and... Oh boy... I've given her a number to a saddle fitter. It's got to be some of the most atrociously fitting tack I've ever seen. I asked my horses old owner about selling my horses old custom tucker to my MIL, since her horse has a very similar build to mine.
Problem is, being a custom tucker, she wants a good bit of money for it. As she should. But I also know full well my MIL doesn't want to cough up the cash for a well fitting saddle when she has, in her opinion, and perfectly good one already. The old owners used it, so it must be good, right?
The old owners also knew nothing about horses, got a cheap abetta off ebay and called it a day. The horse was never sore, but they only rode once every 3 months.
I have a sneaking suspicion that if she's going to hit the ground, it's going to be directly because of saddle fit.