Some of you may remember that my dad and I bought a little black and white paint filly about 3 years back. She was 1 1/2 when we bought her and she needed a lot of work. She was halter broke, but that was about it. I worked with her while I was home from college, but my dad has been working with her consistently for the last 3 years. Originally, we were planning to hire a trainer to break her, but we were having trouble finding one we liked. My dad had gone to watch a few and they were sooo rough. We are more natural horsemanship kind of people and for some reason people around here are more into wacking the heck out of their horses. So instead of wasting time, my dad read, went to clinics and seminars, and watched heaps of DVDs. He started introducing the bridle and saddle early, but she took a long time to mature to 15H so he waited until this past summer to start riding. He was able to get on her without ANY problems. Never a buck at all! She picked up very quickly on the cues and she is turning out to be super intelligent (I think my dad got off a bit easy there! LOL) Last weekend, he told me he took her out on the trail for the first time and she was amazing. She had a great time, didn't spook, and trailered like a champ. So it looks like we have a new trail horse! It works out very well for us because we finally had to retire our old guy from the trail and needed a second horse out there. I am so proud of my dad for doing such a good job with her, especially since it was his first time working with a baby. She has turned out to be gentle, loves attention, and has great manners. Here is an old picture when we first brought her home. Her legs are not splayed in the back like they look in the picture. She was also really short, at about 13.2H when we brought her home. Here is a picture from '09 when she was still in her awkward teen stage. Unfortunately I don't have a good recent picture, but I will try to get one when I am home this weekend!