Hi, all. I've been MIA for a while due to work schedule and way too much going on. I'm inside this weekend nursing a sinus infection, of course - it's 66 degrees outside! I was planning to ride at least once this weekend but I'm still not well enough to do more than walk through the pasture and love on the horses and sheep.
I've enjoyed the stories - especially Hunter's new place, Kes' accomplishments, Susan's new life among Arabians, and Stan's challenges with Stella and the new Bugs. Montana, welcome, and it's good to hear of your way with horses! I approve wholeheartedly! My farrier is one of my good friends and I rely on him to help me out with practical horse-training tips; he's young enough to be my son but has a wealth of experience.
Stan, your Stella stories of the trailer loading reminded me of my experince with a green gaited horse (no longer part of my family). I loved the challenge but I didn't enjoy the unpredictable-ness - and he threw me on a regular basis so hubby grounded me until I was better mounted. Anyway, I propose that you consider whether part of Stella's hold on your heart is that you do actually enjoy the challenge, and then measure whether it is still fun for you. And compare that to Bugs - he might be a great horse for you, willing to please, and personality to keep you interested. But...if he's boring, compared to Stella's fire and challenge, you might not be happy. In my case, I wanted to ride safely (1st) and have a challenge (2nd)...so I bought a safe horse that I could teach new things and be challenged in that aspect. I haven't had to miss out on trail rides as she's a finished trail horse; she may not be ready yet for cow horse events or parades...or sheriff's posses, so there's our challenge!