Taking a trip back to 2012, I will tell you the story of Della. The story of the ice-cream-cake horse, the story of my favorite food-crazy mare. The first night this horse came to my barn, she was unloaded into one of the rings that was attached to a stall. I was handed a piece of ice cream cake by my boss and told to go make her trust me. I was told to become her newest daughter, since we had rescued her from being a broodmare. I sat in the rain for about 4 hours before this horse finally decided that I was okay enough to come and sniff. And we have been the best of friends ever since. The process of getting her to where she needed to be was a long one, and one I hope she never has to go through again. This past week, she was used in a beginner child lesson and ended up taking off, leaving a kid in the dirt. She was then scheduled to go in the beginner child lesson that I teach later that day. I decided just to be safe that I should get on her to get her energy out beforehand. I put my boots on, slapped my helmet on my head, and mounted up. Mind you, I hadn't ridden this horse in ages, so I was a little rusty on how she liked to be handled. Thankfully, we fell back into our old, natural rhythm. The walk was just as normal as ever, quiet but quick, the trot was floaty and beautiful, just like I remembered it, needing lots of leg. Then came the easy, smooth canter transition. Kicking up her heels, and using the power from her hind end, she floats up into a canter and races around the ring. Of course, this is exactly what I didn't want since I needed a child to get on right after me, but I couldn't help but love it. It felt absolutely perfect to be back in sync with her and to be able to feel her move underneath me again. For the rest of the lesson, she behaved perfectly, and I remained winded with love for the rest of the lesson. Afterwards, she received an abundance of treats and hugs, kisses, and scratches. I don't know where I would be as a rider, instructor, trainer, or person without this horse, and it was truly amazing to take a trip back in time to experience what I created from scratch yet again
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