I decided that I wanted to start a thread for my new girl Vesper here in the chat section so that I wouldn't always be bumping up in the training section.. You can see my first few posts about her here, starting at post #28... She's a 14 year old Dutch Warmblood x Percheron who I bought with the intention of eventually being my 3'6" horse. She's done lots of 1.2m stuff down in the states and is a nice eq horse. Great with kids and more specifically in my case, Mom I bought her the 2nd week of January 2015. She took a while to settle in - she has been quite "flighty" since I brought her to our barn, but in the last 5 days she has settled right down and is way more chill. I'm hoping that she was just slow to adapt to her new home. We had a dressage lesson at the beginning of March and it totally flipped a switch with us. Previously, she was bracing and heavy on the bit and nothing that I tried was working to get us to 'click'. Ever since that lesson, she has become light in the bridle and I *love* riding her (before it was feeling a lot like a chore). She's softening to my hands and I am developing an elastic contact, which has always been a struggle for me! We went trail riding a week ago and played in the local cross country course and she had a blast. She has evented in the past and I could really tell; she plowed right through the water and didn't even glance at the ditch jump. She went back to her "must go everywhere at the fastest possible walk" mode during the ride, but she was just exuberant. I've given my mom a couple of lessons on her and she's so steady with a beginner on her. Here are some videos that my mom took today. It was *so* windy out, but she didn't flinch once with my mom riding and even with me she was great. I did come off and eat dirt, lol, but that was my fault and not hers. I was too far forward while posting trot and she spooked out from under me so I somersaulted over her shoulder... Same thing I did when I came off my last horse a year ago! Tsk. And here's Mom!