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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 …

Where did February go...?

Whew! Where did February go!? Not that I am complaining, because it is not my favorite month here in Maine, but this year it seemed to go especially fast!

I had big plans for February school vacation...but everything came to a grinding halt when my son came home Friday before vacation with a fever of 102. :( So, I spent the majority of vacation taking care of the little guy. It ended up being a double ear infection and nothing very serious, but still, all of our fun plans to go ice skating, to the movies, etc. went down the drain. And of course, I only got to ride twice the entire time. But hey, I am a mom first, so it is all good.

Both rides over vacation were great. Dreamy is well trained at this point and all I really need to do is get her in shape this next 6 weeks and we are good to go!

Then of course, not to be outdone by my son, I had to get sick! LOL! Only I was not as easy...I ended up with a nasty sinus infection and ended up missing most of the following week, our first week back at school after vacation. UGGGG! But thankfully the doc finally gave me antibiotics this past Friday and I am feeling 100% better.

Geez, what a fun last two weeks of February! :P

But now that March is here, the long slow miles of conditioning begin. :D Daylight Savings begins in less than two weeks, so weekday riding will become MUCH easier. Dreamy is sporting a new trace clip and will be getting shoes at the end of the month (well as long as Mother Nature continues on her mild streak...) The weather has been pretty agreeable around here. Hopefully when my instructor's outdoor ring is ready, we can start LESSONS!!!!!!! :) YAY!

Sparky is doing very well...she is shedding like crazy of course. She lost 99% of her long Cushing's coat last year, so I am hoping she sheds out again like that. In the past, I have had to body clip her in May, but last year for whatever reason, her coat looked almost normal. YAY! Her weight is excellent and I am super pleased with her body condition for age 28. The only complaint I have is why do older horses have to get such gunky eyes!? It seems like every single day I have to wipe out dried gunk! It is clear and not anything serious. My vet says it is because older horse's tear ducts often do not work as well as they age and can become clogged. They are not clogged, but I just hate seeing her eyes crusty each afternoon. :( It is a sign of her age, and I hate it!

I have been asked about how Reva is doing. :) She is growing like a weed! LOL! I bet she will hit 17 hands. I have not measured her lately, but I ought to. Her bit is now a size 6" and her browband is oversize. She is one big girl! She had a cap that was stuck back when we did teeth floating on November 19. Plus, she has a lot of things going on in mouth, with teeth erupting and such. She did an awful lot of drooling for the first few months I owned her. After her cap was removed, it did seem to hinder her chewing slightly. But within a week to 10 days, she was not dropping nearly as much grain as before the floating.

We are all signed up for a clinic this spring with Chris Lombard on June 13. He is not a crazy Natural Horsemanship trainer....I am not really a "NH" person myself. LOL! Obviously, I believe in working with your horse to build trust, communication, and all that. But I like Chris and think working with him and Reva first in hand and then under saddle will be beneficial. I am going to try to get her off the farm to my instructor's beforehand, but this might be her first trip off the farm here. We shall see!

Here's hoping the weather continues to improve and riding will resume in full force! This is the time of year when I always start getting anxious to ride, ride, ride! LOL! We have had plenty of time off and are ready to gear up for our first show of the year in April. Thankfully my mares are not "prissy" show horses.....LOL! Dreamy will be in great shape without needing any fancy indoor, she does not need "limited" turnout but instead gets to be a muddy mess in 12-15 hour turnout, and I don't have to do anything more than a trace clip to get her ready to work. I don't know what I would do if my horse was more high maintenance than that. :D Fancy and prissy pampering does not equal ribbons!!! ha ha ha ha

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