Two things happened today that were important.
First, Little Love and I left the property together (but without Becky and Col) and rode/walked outside for an hour. This was huge, especially because I had spent half the previous night wondering if Little Love would actually leave Col in the barn and walk out the gate with me. Even as we were leaving and Little Love sort of stopped for a moment, I thought; "here we go, she is not going to leave with me." I was so wrong. Little Love stood still for a while, sniffed the air and followed me through the electric gate. Given, she was super alert and tense in the beginning (and it didn't help that Col was screaming for her in the barn), but once we got out into the fields and she had a good trot, she was fine. And so was I.
Lesson learned today:
Just because something has happened in the past, it doesn't mean it's going to happen again. I guess I'm a tad hardheaded, but it seems like this lesson keeps repeating itself over and over again. I really need to stop living in the past and live in the moment. Maybe Little Love used to stop and not leave the barn or rear and turn back or freak out and what not. But it doesn't mean she will do it again. And even if she did, it doesn't mean she will do it every single time.
Secondly, Little Love's old owner came for a visit. I have to admit, I wasn't exactly looking forward to it, because I knew she wouldn't approve of everything I was doing with her. And perhaps she didn't, but about five minutes into the visit, I realized it didn't matter. Little Love is my horse now, and I call the shots. So, when her old owner asked me if she could perhaps ride her later in the spring in a dressage lesson with me, I said no. Because, I don't think I will ever let anyone else ride her again and especially not dressage (which she has particularly bad memories of). In fact, I don't even know how long I will ride her myself. Today on the trailride, I came off after 15 minutes and we walked the rest of the hour long loop. I prefer walking with her instead of sitting on her. It's only when she is really excited and nervous that I can't keep up with her and it gets a bit sketchy. But hey, we are working on it!