Faithful FFF readers (all 12 of you?) have probably guessed that Raven can be...er...challenging. In many ways she is a typical thoroughbred...sensitive, dramatic and hot. In some other ways she is the typical result of poor training...confused, over reactive and fearful. Underlying these natured and nurtured challenges is one heck of a good horse...willing, hard working and bold.
I'm not ashamed to admit that Raven is more of a challenge than I bargained for, but she is turning out to be a fantastic teacher. With the help of Clinton Anderson her manners on the ground have improved 100% -- even during her antics the other day she stayed out of my space with the cutest "I just can't help myself!" expression on her face . Now I need to pursue a similar improvement under saddle. I know that nothing can replace lessons with an experienced trainer, but Farcical Farm is not currently not set up to haul her out or to have someone in. Next summer I hope to send her for 30-60 days of good training, but until then I am looking for valuable books that specifically address the challenges of working with horses like Raven. Everything on Amazon seems to have a 5-star-rating, but I'm not looking for sunshine-and-flowers anecdotes -- I want concrete examples and specific exercises. Any suggestions?