My biggest mistake was not being firm about ground manners from the get-go with Bella. She came with none installed. None. She bit, kicked, struck, reared and had no concept of personal space. None of it was malicious. She has, and has always had, the softest eye in the world. She was just confused, impatient, and ignorant. I got after her for the biggest violations but didn't push hard on the littler ones. So while I'd get after her any time she struck out, I was apt to let it pass when she dragged me halfway across the path to grab a bite of grass. Or I'd get after her when she reared but if she was just bouncing around, I'd put it down to too much energy and just try to keep moving. The problem of course was that she had no idea what the rules were. Because there weren't any hard and fast rules. I was working from the point of view that I didn't want to be getting after her every minute of the day but for her, she was just testing, testing, testing, trying to figure out the boundaries and not getting any clear answers. It came to a head just as you'd imagine, with her going up and over and me getting a hoof in the face, breaking 6 bones and cracking the left side of my face like an egg. I got the help of a trainer and we worked diligently on ground manners and respect. She became a much happier horse because she knew what the rules were. And I now get compliments on her all the time - people tell me she's the calmest and most well-behaved TB they've ever seen (which never fails to blow my mind - some things you never get used to). I've made plenty of mistakes but that was my biggest one.