Its been since September for this pretty girl. A couple weeks ago I lunged her but that was it.. Today was the day.. Pretty easy day for her, just walking , backing, turning. She did awesome! AND I see how much she is letting go of her fears around her mouth area. I'm riding her in a side pull. Sometimes she still yanks her head in anticipation but is slowly learning she will not be mistreated and hurt. She has a huge kind heart and is eager to learn. I see her guard going down trusting she will not be mistreated if she does not understand the command but lovingly shown the correct answer. She reminds me a bit of my first horse Luca who was so mistrusting. It only takes patience. I know she has it in her to be the most amazing horse! In a way I see a little bit of me in her. Hurt and guarded with a huge amount to give. I love you Mercedes.