Stella’s regular rider Casey had this to report:
Stella had a busy and productive summer! We had the great fortune to ride with Buck Brannaman in Ellensburg, Nick Donahue in Arlington, and Joel Conner at SAFE. Stella did well in all settings, and, of course, we learned a lot. The last month has been a real period of growth for the two of us, and I’ve made some significant changes to the way I approach our work. With more clarity around significant braces on the ground and under saddle, I’ve been able to excavate some of the trouble that I’ve been feeling. With this new insight, I’ve gotten some big changes in her canter, and she’s really let down at the trot as well. I’m excited to see where the next couple of months take us. Stella has been a great and predictable partner in clinic settings, and I am grateful that SAFE supports taking the horses on intentional outings so that they can gain experience that will promote adoption.