Oh Stan, poor Stella. Just keep assuring her that she is still pretty. You know some ladies can get insecure about their looks.
Seriously, I hope that clears up for her quickly.
I had both a great day and a horrible day. I started a thread in the horse health section about the horrible part of my day. It is about hubby's horse and you can read it there if you are curious. It makes me sad to write it all down again.
The good part of my day was the BO/ trainer at my boarding facility helped me with a problem I have been having with Izzy.
I have only cantered Izzy 3 times and all 3 times I had to make her stop because I couldn't sit it correctly and it was super fast. She is a TB and I am used to QH so I was a little intimidated.
The BO took us into the round pen today in within 20 minutes, we were cantering like a pro! I was able to feel her rhythm and I didn't bounce in the saddle at all. The BO made me canter without stirrups! I never thought I could do that but it felt so good and so natural. Izzy liked it too...her ears were forward and she listened to all my cues.
She will canter from a standstill with just a kissing noise. I have never ridden a horse this well trained before...and I still have to pinch myself to believe I actually own her!
Today proved, once again, that 9 times out of 10, it is the rider that needs the training, not the horse!
After my 20 minute lesson, I took her into the arena to make sure I could transfer what I learned to another environment. I kissed the air and she went into the smoothest, most controlled canter I have ever felt.
We ended by running some barrells. Obviously, my girl had barrel raced before, she took that first barrel at a canter and it was tight!
I learn to love her more every day. She is a very independent horse and I get the feeling she could take or leave me, but I think she is learning to love me too!