Don't get me wrong, Lilly has always been a pleasure to work with, but riding her hasn't always been fun. We've had a few rough days at some of the shows (which mostly stems from times when she's feeling insecure and herd bound), but when we're working at home, she's a gem. I haven't always had the skills to communicate with her in a way she understands, though, and it was extremely frustrating for me. When I got frustrated, Lilly got frustrated, and we just bumped heads. It wasn't an issue with her, it was an issue with us, and mostly an issue with me. It was even more frustrating because of the kind of relationship we have, and I knew the potential was there for us to be a great team.
We still have many, many things to work on and improve upon, but I'm no longer frustrated with my lack of communication skills, and neither is Lilly. We work together as a team and our relationship has done nothing but grow stronger. And that's something I never thought could happen.
|Love her SO much!|
I brought her in, groomed her (she's the only one not shedding yet!), and turned her back out with a handful of hay. She got her usual belly scratch before eating the hay, and I gave her a giant smooch for being such a wonderful part of my life. She absolutely means the world to me.