Sounds weird eh? I mean we all know that riding is fun, that's why we do it, right? I love my Maggie, always have. I've had her for 5 1/2 years. She's had some 'training issues' during that time. Okay, when I first got her, you picked up the reins and she'd start kicking and bucking. She actually has a move called the Maggie, it's a buck, leap, rear sort of thing. She's willful. She had some really bad training early on, I got her as a 5 year old. Anyway, we'd made some progress when we started training with my current trainer, Jen. And we worked and worked. Finally, in August last year, she said okay, let's make a deal. I had to go off and work on me (I'm fat, let's not pussy foot around here), and she'd train my horse.
Fast forward... I've been able to ride her a bit in 2012, now I'm back in the saddle twice a week. And holy crap, it's a hoot! No fighting and nagging and pushing and prodding ... I just LOVE riding this horse! I know she's not perfect, she never will be, and she will always have ... tendencies, I can deal with that. But it's FUN riding again. I have better control of my own body thanks to the gym, and she's more responsive.
I am so thankful. So very thankful for Jen. I have a lovely horse who I enjoy greatly.