Here's the story: the barn where I had been volunteering asked for a volunteer to ride one of the owner's horses in a bomb-proofing clinic that they were hosting. There was no cost to me so I volunteered after stating that I hadn't ridden in almost ten years. The clinic was a huge success for most participants and Sierra (that's her name) performed wonderfully. She brought me to tears as she gave me 110% when ever I asked her to "try" something. Sierra even mounted "the table." I was amazed!!! Someone had done more than a little work with this mare and she was trusting, gentle and compliant. Well, unknown to me, the owner had watched the entire clinic and thought that it was time to admit he wasn't going to ride that horse again (health issues) and thought that based on our performance that he wanted to give her to me. It took them almost three weeks to work out the surprise presentation as an early Christmas gift. Now I'm the owner of a 18 year old Arab cross of unknown breeding. Yesterday I went to the farm to begin working with Sierra and "restart" her using methods that I have been reading about that differ a lot from what I had used in the past. Most of the barn staff recognize her as one of the problem horses that is hard to catch. After about 30 minutes, she caught me three times! Once again, I was humbled by this little girl. I look forward to developing a willing partner in our relationship. We have a great start!