I posted about my ride on Sunday with Monster and then realized that I never posted about his first ride on Estes.
Monster and Estes share a special bond that came from out of nowhere. Estes decided she loved Monster and he became her human, not-so-subtly removing me from the "favorite human" standing.
Monster's not really a horse guy. He's a skater dude. He had no interest in horses until Estes chose him as her human. He'd probably ridden less than fivetimes his entire life and hasn't enjoyed it much, so imagine my surprise when he told me he wanted to ride Estes. Estes is not a beginner's horse. Not even close to being a beginner's horse. In fact, I was terrified to ride her and then I fell in love with her. Ashinator is my horse girl and she has no desire to ride Estes.
I was worried about Monster riding Estes due to both his lack of experience and her tendency to be rather mare-ish. But then I watched them together and realized that she wasn't going to do anything to hurt him, so I grabbed Ranger and we got ready to go.