After a bit of drama over the past few months things have smoothed out again. It all came to a head when she had a spack attack about haltering again after a few weeks of beautiful consistent haltering. A lot of you know what happened after that. I felt like I didn't have the experience to work with her, handed her to my mother to work with, and then put her on the market... only to have her put a leg through a fence a few days later and be withdrawn from give away. I decided to take that as a sign. She wasn't supposed to leave. So Mum kept working with her for me, treating her injury, then a couple of weeks down the track came to me and told me to take my horse back, she was once again acceptable to handle and easy to catch/halter. I kept working with her as she healed, and one day, dressing her leg, discovered the secret. Praise fixes everything - it even stops her from having panic attacks. All of a sudden, she was easy. Easy to treat her leg [and the proud flesh stuff stings like all get-out, I got some on a cut accidentally once... ouch] easy to handle easy to do everything. By the one-month mark she was a different horse. No longer the emotional, nervous wreck. I started walking her in hand to find she is now reacting less to things than Mum's pony [and Mum's pony is incredibly quiet and will one day be a superb beginner's large pony]. Still wary of men, but very brave. A few weeks ago, she went lame AGAIN, on her bad stifle. Decisions were made a little too hastily, I stopped hard feeding her [she has adlib oaten hay, she doesn't really NEED hard feeding] and then she came sound. I brought her into very light lunging work, to test that soundness, because previously it would last a couple of days tops... but she stayed sound. Two sound weeks later, while I was doing groundwork with her, Magic looked at me and told me she was ready. So I rode her for the first time. Perfect behaviour, a little confused and unbalanced but so well behaved that I wondered briefly if she had perhaps been started. Ride two proved that she hadn't, quite nervous, very unbalanced... but she was still beautifully behaved. I have some photos taken with my phone but won't post them unless asked because the quality is rubbish. Ride three was very nervous, and we mostly just walked. I had a lot of energy under me and the ears in front of me were floppy... my horse was borderline catatonic, it wouldn't have been smart to push it. She then had a few days off, broke into the feed shed and nicked a bunch of Monty's high-protein high-carb feed, went lame within hours... came good the very next day... and had her fourth ride. Which, a couple of days later, I still can't get over. From terrified beyond belief and very difficult to get close enough to touch [let alone actually TOUCH], to this: Magic's 4th Ride - YouTube We start our rides in the round yard to make sure she remembers the rules, then move out to the paddock, because our round yard is WAY too small and it's hard enough for Monty [15.1 very balanced very educated horse] to find his balance in it... much less a 16+hh breaker! Please excuse my horrible riding, I am working on it. Oh, and the saddle isn't quite right [it IS close], but I'm having it fitted whenever the heck the saddle fitter calls me back. edit; and I didn't realise my helmet wasn't done up until just as we were leaving the round yard... wish my friend/photographer had said something... it got done up as soon as I realised.