Wow, Stan that is great news. I can see your upcoming problem though-sell Stella & be done w/her problems, work w/the new horse & maybe a new set of problems, or what? I can only imagine what's going through your mind right now. Stella is gaited, right? The new gelding isn't? Is the wife's horse gaited? How did your saddle fit the gelding? Does the gelding's owner have other interested buyers'? Lots to think about!
No neither of our horses are gaited and the saddle fits the gelding, only adjustment is the girth. Stella is consideraby larger in that area. I am most likely the only interested buyer at this time. The young horse does not have the experience of treking with a large number of horses or crossing rivers and creeks. But because it is located in far Northland the buyers are few and far between.
I think if I take the horse which I had mostly made up my mind, I could put a few miles on it giving it experence then decide.
I now pick it up Friday evening and will have it at the trek for the two days evaluating it. Not riding out with the bunch, but 130 horses are registered and paid to ride out on the first day so I get to see how it reacts in large numbers of horses. This particular trek has rivers and streems to cross and is in very ruggard country but ill get to see if it performs when stopped from following the main bunch, or it gets spooky when crouded.
When working with Stella over the past month she has been playing up I tried a number of suggestions and different methods and think that she had me beat, but by getting a new face to deal with her, took her down a peg or two which allowed me to step back into the leader roll again. She is always going to be challanging for that position, she is a dominant mare.
It looks like I will own two horses for a while, but deep down I think Stella responds better to females.
Riding another horse for a while will sort out how much of the problem I have been, as it may show up as a behavour in the new horse. So some learning for me as well. The other thing is, I won't have her around breaking fences or opening the wire gates to get into the better feed paddocks. A behavour she has, now she knows how to open Taranaki gates.
I'll be thinking of you all in the snow and cold, while I enjoy the sunshine. But as a foot note, please use wood as the fuel to keep warm. The use of heating oil puts the price of diesel up here in NZ and that impacts on my riding. Thanks in advance for that consideration.