i have been starting horses for years now and i have never come across a horse as difficult as this one. i have been working with this five year old arabian mare for 5 months with little sucess. the barn has been working with her for 8 months before me (i was badly injured) she has had consistent training using the same methods. i started her half brother 3 years prior and her was a challenge...not as much of a challenge but still difficult. Annie is VERY bright but she gets very scared of new things and runs. she would get used to the saddle then a ground squirrel would pop it's head up and all of a sudden she has no idea what the saddle is anymore. the first time she was ridden didnt last long. she was fine until she had to take a step and then she bolted and made it a few strides before falling. this is not a safe situation for anyone. she free lunges better than any other of my young ones and understands the bit really well from the ground. but we are hesitant to get on her because of her fear with change...any ideas?