Just look at the confidence in the faces of Cara and Olivia when they started long-reining for the first time today. Neither of them are quite so sure of the log! Cara is an example of the eight-year-old-four-year-old horse that I meet so often. The age of a horse is rarely an indication of how much experience they have. The good news is always that they have not done too much too young. By working on all the foundation work - groundwork; de-sensitization and long reining and then consolidating it, you get a much braver riding horse and at least you know they are ready for it.