First things first, I'm creating this thread to share how pleased I am with my girl. I am not asking for any advice or criticism. I am quite satisfied with her progress thus far and things are going just swimmingly. Now for the actual update. Big girl is growing, her proportions are changing again (for the better - the bum is nice and big, and still has beautiful structure, and her shoulder is just as fabulous as ever, so I'm happy)... and it turns out, contrary to my first thoughts on the bridle I bought for her, she IS cob sized... just not in the browband! Cob size is too small in the browband for her, so I have ordered a full for her show browband (which was posted today, and I can't wait for it to arrive!), and she is currently in my only spare browband big enough, which is warmblood sized. She is no longer terrified of people and will in fact stretch towards total strangers for a rub on the face. She's turning into a really friendly pocket pony. Some things still set off panic attacks but those are much smaller, and much less dangerous, than they originally were. I don't know if I've said this on SY, but a while ago, I think it was the third time I did anything with her feet, I went to rub her on the face and she flipped out (rasp in hand is apparently scary)... I didn't leave the head alone, and unfortunately in not leaving the head alone I put myself in a bad position. She in her panic had a little strike out "OMG get away from me you scary person!!" and just barely clipped me, not enough to hurt me but enough to make me puff out the last of my breath. She doesn't do that any more. She stamps her front feet but she doesn't strike out. But, and this is something I discovered not long after my last update, my god can she REAR. She does pull back when tied if I push her too far or she does something that could be taken as "rude", but mostly stands nicely now. I think the pulling back will stop as the panic attacks lessen and eventually (hopefully) disappear. One of the things I'm idly working on at the moment is trotting with a person running beside her. Running/jumping/hopping/skipping people used to scare the living daylights out of her so I am SO impressed she has picked it up so fast. I don't even have to flick the rope to get her to trot now. But it's kind of on the back burner because I'm trying to focus on her earshyness, and mouthing. She's worn a saddle a couple of times, and I have put pressure on her back with my hands, but I have absolutely no interest in being the first person on her back after having seen what she's capable of when she's pushed past her limits. I would rather somebody else got her past the rearing. At this point, the saddle itself is a source of stress for her, so she's not ready regardless - plus she's only 2 and not mature enough in the body and mind yet. She's had a rug on, and took to it really well, but then showed up with rain scald so she's only worn it for... what, two nights? She's claimed Monty's canvas because it's the only rug I have that fits her at the moment, and I have enough rugs for him regardless. I've taken her for walks along the road a few times, and last time we went alone... there had JUST (literally while I was putting the bridle on her for her to get used to) been a car accident on the road outside my place, so there were people and cars everywhere, and she didn't bat an eyelid as we walked past them. There was some stress when she realised she was on her own, but she did settle, and nothing was scary in particular even when she was worried. Her coat is coming through really nice, but I intend to get her teeth done soon (she is 2 and I'm not sure if they've ever been done, plus she's being mouthed so I would like to sort out any wolf teeth sooner rather than later)... for which she will need to be heavily sedated, I think. While she's under I'll probably have her oil drenched, and possibly wormed again. She is going to be HUGE... her bum is at least 16hh and she has a huge amount of growing to do. She's quite bum high at present but she's still young enough that she might grow out of it. Knees and hocks are still enormous compared to the rest of her and considering she's so tall that's saying something - though she does seem to be more leg than anything else, and she's quite short compared to every other horse around her height I've ever had anything to do with. Monty's 6' rug is miles too big for her, whereas his canvas (with its super-adjustable chest strap) is pretty much perfect. Now, I'm sure you're all sick of the words and want to see pictures! From this being a challenge: To this, saddle is about a mile too long for her [is 17.5 inch and very bulky]: To this: And this (with me sitting in a tree above her): I am SO impressed with this filly of mine, and beyond grateful that she has allowed me the privilege of her trust. I feel honoured to be a part of her journey, and honestly I think she can take ALL the credit for this progress because I'm still working more off my instincts than off my knowledge! I am using the same method to mouth her as I did with Satin, though the bridling part is new to me because with Satin it wasn't the bridle itself that was the issue... it was the bit. With Magic, the bit is that strange foreign thing in her mouth that she will put up with because the boss is weird... and the bridle is going to eat her.