Thanks for your comments on mine and Harley's journey down the trainer's road. I must agree with pony girl that there are lots of ways to train a horse and many are not my style. Victoria also made a point that maybe Harley is mad at me for disrupting his perfect little existest here at Aggravation Acres. I am sure Harley is displaced and not happy about being kept in a stall most of the time. However, we had the lack of respect problem far long before he arrived at the trainer's. That is mostly why he is at the trainer's. I rode him a full year trying to figure him out and get a bond between us first. He is not your typical horse. He is well broke but the running through my hands when he gets amped up and the avoidance of the bit were issues I needed resolved. Once last season I almost ran over a judge during a reining pattern because he just ran through my hands and tuned me out. I had to two hand him to get him turned or stopped and that of course DQ'd me. I don't neccessarily agree on the agressive approach constantly but in this case I think it was warranted. I spoke with Corey about it yesterday and we are not going to make that a habit, just a lesson.
Yesterday, I must say was a stellar day! The sun was shining and it was around 80 degrees with blue skys. My ride went well, much better than expected. Mostly I rode by myself and Corey worked with me for the last 15 minutes or so. I was able to rate Harley , do my turnarounds and he was even committing to the stops yesterday.
I am heading down again this morning for another try as I am off to Kentucky for the weekend for some girl time with Susan. I have to work on Saturday but hope to squeeze in a ride on her new horse "Butter".