It was great to see Little Love again! She was happy to see me, too. Before, when she wasn't mine and was living at the large commercial facility close to my house, it used to be complete hell to come back after a break. She would be so freaked out and dissociated from everything that it always took me at least a day or two to get any kind of connection with her. But now that she is obviously in a better place mentally and emotionally to begin with, she accepts my absence as well as my return with a grain of salt.
Today a man who owns an Argentinian Criollo gelding came over to see the barn. Becky has been looking for a new friend for Col for when Little Love and I leave and this man answered an advertisement we placed in the local newpaper. He was really nice and both Becky and I had a good feeling about him. But the one who really got us sold on this guy was Little Love. In general, she doesn't like men and she doesn't like strangers. She did, however, like this guy. When we were standing on the barn aisle, talking, she approached the three of us and just sort of "joined" our little group. The man turned to pet her and I felt myself tense up in anticipation of Little Love's "normal" reaction = pinning the ears back and backing away. But, none of that happened. She allowed this strange man to pet her neck, just like that. I have to say, he was very respectful of her space and never tried, for example, to touch her on the face like people usually do. Even Becky noticed Little Love's reaction (or the absence of it, more like) and mentioned it to me afterwards. We decided it was a good sign; I trust Little Love's judgement when it comes to people.
Every time I am gone, even if it is for just a few days, I always notice Little Love's front feet when I come back. And I don't notice them in a good way. Today was no different; I was shocked to see how "crooked" they really are. In fact, it felt like again they had gotten worse, the medial wall getting shorter and more upright, and the lateral wall slanting out. I had this same feeling last time I was gone so perhaps they were always this bad, but I just get used to it when I see her every day. I really need to go back to some old pictures to see if they are the same or if they are actually getting worse. The right front, which has always been the worst foot, is particularly asymmetrical. I so desperately need someone who knows what they are doing to look at them and trim them. I am doing what I can, but in the end, what do I know? Not much. In any case, it's definitely time for new pictures. Perhaps, if I take a really good set, Claudia can explain how I will be able to help Little Love in the long run. I'm not so sure I'll know exactly how to trim, but at least I could give it a try.