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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 …

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Make somebody happy today. Mind your own business. ~Ann Landers

I just love that quote. X-D And it applies so aptly in so many life situations lately......LOL!!!!

Life is good. Work is good. The ponies are doing well. Not much to update about this week. However, lately the weather has been great, so much of the snow is gone. Some of the frost is out as well. YAY! This weekend is supposed to be lovely weather too, so I hope to get in lots of horse time. Daylight Savings is coming, so our conditioning will soon begin in earnest.

Also, I have been working hard to secure sponsors for the Maine Horse Association's three shows with a Standardbred division. We have seven classes this year! They include in-hand, 2-gait pleasure, 2-gait equitation, 2-gait championship, 3-gait pleasure, 3-gait equitation, and 3-gait championship. So far we have four secured sponsors and three more that say they will sponsor but have not sent a check yet. It is great to be able to provide this breed division for the Maine horse community. I hope we have a great turnout and show off our STANDARDBREDS from MAINE! Whooo! :D

And my PSA for the day...wear your helmets folks! I am sure the majority of you have heard about Courtney King-Dye's accident. While I do feel bad for her and her family, this is what happens when one is not protected. WEAR A HELMET! Evey time, every ride. They are not just for us lowly amateurs, they are for everyone! Thankfully another dressage rider Heather Blitz is launching a helmet awareness campaign. It is about time all these fancy pants riders realize that there are fatal consequences from choosing fashion over safety. I know I sound harsh, but seriously! It is sad that so many riders think they are invincible. And it is NOT true that top hats are required for upper level dressage....see USEF rulebook DR120.4. :D

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  1. Not harsh at all Liz. EVERYONE should wear a helmet, and an UP TO DATE HELMET at that!
    My friends younger sister died when she fell on her head. She WAS wearing a helmet, but I know it was an "older" model (like many of us are familiar with) and I can't help but wonder if she was wearing a more modern one that she may still be alive... But brain damage is not a happy life either (in my opinion). Accidents and tragedies happen, but one must take all precautions to prevent what can be prevented...

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