Hello, new student here. I bought my beautiful 8 year old cob mare, Miri 18 months ago. First horse of my own for many years. Expected it to take a good while to settle her and it did. We bonded quickly though, she basically has a lovely temperament: very friendly, loves human company, has to help with everything in the field (lives out), calls and comes running when she sees me. But to begin with, would not move under saddle! Slowly, gently, with lots of encouragement (no whips, never carry one) could ride out alone or in company but she wasn't happy. Very anxious, lots of head tossing and serious napping (tack all checked out for comfort), constantly looking to left or right, very snorty, but would just plant herself and go backwards, has never reared, bucked, bolted or spun and is rock solid in traffic. Gradually got better, no head tossing now, but over the autumn, for good reasons, my various riding partners.dropped away for a few months (covid, laminitis, other stuff) and we were soon unable to do anything more on our own than trot round the village, some days not even that. Eventually i decided that the teenager I bought her from (who'd had her from a 2 year old and loved her to bits) had not had the experience herself to train Miri properly and her anxiety stemmed from just not really knowing what was expected of her (open to opinion on that). So I decided to take her right back to basics, joined the Uni and have started retraining her by Monty's ways. Bad time of year - wet English winter and short days - so only had a few short hours so far but (to my amazement i have to say) she did join up at the first attempt and already is working really well in hand with the dually halter. Perfectly calm, ears pricked, head down, not treading on my feet any more, leading and standing beautifully, not quite so good on back up but, hey, early days. Can't believe the transformation already. After Christmas we start serious work in the saddle. Am feeling much more confident in myself but I know it's going to be a long slow journey with plenty of setbacks.