Originally Posted by Country Woman
Yes I am beginning to think I need a saddle too
I went to see Belle this evening too
I think it was too much for me. I lunged Belle
And I took her out for grass then I groomed
Her ad then brought her to her stall
CW you demonstrate the comitment you have made to the horse and no doubt the horse is returning to you in bucket loads. One of the things I rely upon is Stella doing something just to throw me a curve and you know over the past couple of months she has changed. When I first brought her home I could go into the paddock and walk up put the rope on and go.
Then she changed and the games began. She decided she was going to be the boss and I would never know what she had instore for me. Every ride was and event with me threatening to shoot her. But now and again she would show me the real Stella, almost as if she was frightend to alow herself to trust in case I moved her on. That glimps of her real nature now and again is what kept me going with her. I also had a similar experence with Savannah so I had learnt to recognise some of the behaviours. My opinion is the horse goes through stages with a new owner untill it realises you intend keeping them. It can be 18 months or more.
I have read that a horse will only get attached to new owners around three times then it becomes a loner just going through the motions. If we look at our own lives and how bad relationships or experences sour our out look why not a horse as well.
Stella has changed and I believe part of that is she feels safe, and she only has one rider so the bond is growing. I will never change Stella for an other horse. She has to learn what I expect from her. I know it is there, now and again she drops her guard and shows me what she can do, along with demonstrating how anoyed at me she is when I make a mistake. We are training each other.
At this moment she is acting like an angel, butter would not melt in her mouth. The cattle drive is next weekend, it is the weekend the share milkers move farms, so as she is on top form now, I can't help but wonder what she has instore for me. Being the female of the species, (go on ladies roast me for that one)
Stay with it CW