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She's Not a Baby Anymore!

Early spring saw some immediate changes in how Ellie carried herself and our dressage work started to truly improve.  There had been times last year where flat work felt like a fight and I wondered to myself if she was ever going to just relax and listen to me haha.

Thankfully, as the title suggests, Ellie has suddenly grown up in front of my eyes.  We have had some really stellar lessons lately, where I feel like I am suddenly able to make things click.  We also had an incredibly frustrating dressage lesson a few weeks ago where Ellie was in rip-roaring peeing heat (not normal for her) and we worked through 45 minutes of her refusing to bend right.  So, ya know, as much as she is improving, she is still an opinionated redheaded mare!  ;-)

But, I have to give her credit because she is really working her little butt off for me!  Sadly, I had not been able to schedule in a jump lesson before our first three-phase, which led to me riding her ridiculously backward at a slow trot the entire …

Seriously, I just don't get it...

So this seems to be a big story up here in Maine. And it is downright sad...

http://www.fuglyblog.com/2010/id-be-less-of-a-bitch-if-i-were-wrong-more-often/#comments

There are other local bulletin boards with threads about this person, but for Fugly to pick it up is great. When are people going to stop hoarding animals, pretending they are OK when they are not, and basically acting like idiots???? Good grief. :P I even looked this girl up on Facebook and two of my "friends" have her listed as a friend! I am about ready to "defriend" them! Who stays friends with someone who abuses/starves a horse??? (Not me!!!!!! And believe me, I have been there, done that...)

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  1. Now I have no idea what the story is and am not going to click over to Fugly's blog. I am only going to say that Fugly does not always tell the truth. She likes the drama and sometimes will fake it until she can make it. You might be justified in not wanting to be friends with those people, but I am just always weary of what she says.

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  2. Wow, good to know OTB. I figured FHOTD checked her sources out well, especially with libel laws and all that. Supposedly a girl up in central Maine is starving 50-60 horses.....I do not know her, nor have I seen her farm. But it is big news up here. I have no idea to believe but it seems that with this much publicity, something has to have a shred of truth in it.

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  3. This seems to be the biggest horse story going on right now here in Maine. I also checked ot her FB page and was a little astounded on some of herposts and horse pics. I had met this girl about 4 years ago with her mom st a stallion review at Pineland. They didn't seem to be very knowledgable and they brought their Tb Belgian stallion who was nothing really special to look at and was advertising him as a warmblood. I had heard not so good things about FAir PLay FArm, but as you know with the horse world, rumors run rampant so I just dismissed it. Atleast it looks like something will be done in this situation and hopefully the right thing done by these horses. It was also on the news last night briefly.

    I just can't imagine treating any animal like that. I have a hard enough time with one horse. Lots of grooming, riding, money, energy etc... My animals are always provided for first, that was how I was taught. You get up in the morning and feed the horses and animals before you feed yourself. What has happened to that kinda of mentaility??

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  4. The accused is on several horse forums and is the first to point fingers and say that she wont support this farm or that rescue because they don't know what they are doing or they neglect their horses. Some of these she's said this about are barns/rescues with good reps and she comes across as just trying to start trouble.

    I spoke with her on the phone regarding one of her stallions that sounded good in an ad a few years ago and was left with the impression that she's a complete idiot, whose horse keeping habits endanger her horses and the horses of boarders. This article didn't suprise me at all.

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  5. Sidetracked and H&H,

    While I have never met/spoke with her, it does seem like whatever is going on at her farm is NOT GOOD. I hope the horses are OK. I have heard they are trucking them out of there....and bringing them....??? Who knows! So sad. :(

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