I have always thought of Poppy (aka The Witch) as a problem horse until recently. I no longer think of her as a problem horse**). Ok she is quirky, she has funny mannerisms, she has 'issues' but she is no longer a problem. We have shaken down to a relationship of understanding and respect. A relationship of closeness that allows us to be in each others space and trust each other. I can wrap my arms gently about her head now and she will 'sink' into my chest. It feels awesome to feel her soft in my arms and have her 'huffing' gently on me with her breath. I am not saying she is now 'easy'. She isn't. I can't ride her out on my own without another rider or without leading her paddock mate off her. This is a safety strategy I put in place a few months ago. But by relinquishing that freedom of riding her out on her own I have improved my trust in her and I thoroughly enjoy riding her now and feel safe. My other mare I can flog around out in the bush on our own without a care in the world but not shying Poppy. I accept this now. So when did you realise that the horse you have is no longer a problem horse just a 'quirky' horse.....what made you come to this conclusion and what strategies did you use to overcome it? I am interested so that I can maybe try some of your strategies.