The strangest thing happened. My DH and I brought our youngest over to my folks' place for the weekend to do a bit of fishing and I got to spend some time with my horse (15 yr Thoroughbred gelding) I keep my horse there b/c my DH hates the thought of fencing any of our land that can be used for crops! My folks are all set up for horses and animals - they have a couple of young Saddlebred/QH (2.5yrs) that are now ready to go under saddle. Since early May, we have put saddle and tack on these two a few times just so they can get used to it, once leaning on the filly's back to let her feel some weight. THATS IT.
Well this weekend while I was riding my Shadow, we tacked up the filly/mare, Garnet and just let her follow me around (they are like peas in a pod anyway) She was great getting tacked up as usual as she is a sweet natured filly/mare and all of the horses are babied ENDLESSLY by my mom, who treats them like children. My DH and Dad decided to go the next step, and first leaned on her back, then actually sat sideways on her - ready to jump off if she bucked or got nervous. Nope, she just sat there like nothings happening. Ok, so he sat on her...nothing, we took the lead and walked her around with him on, nothing - she's just fine. I ponied her up to my saddle and she went all over with him on her back. We did a bit of neck reining, she picked up on what we wanted right away and was awesome. So my Dad gets off, my DH gets on (6'2" tall) and she's just fine with that. I felt comfortable enough to even let my 14 yr old get on and ride her. (we did keep the lead attached just in case) I couldn't believe it. I had to ask my mom if she had been acting weird or if she had someone over to work with her. Nope.
Believe it or not. Wow. They just saved $300 having to send her to the trainer to get broke. Too bad the other horse, Tawney the gelding, IS a pill and will need extra work. That one is a real handfull so I guess it evens out. But still, bonus!