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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 …

Odds and Ends :)

What a busy couple of weeks! My adorable little son turned SIX last weekend and we had a wonderful weekend as a family and with our extended family. Lots of t-ball and fishing! My seniors are getting ready to graduate on June 6, so classes ended on May 19. Then we have had "senior activities" which I think is more tiring than just teaching all day! LOL! So far, so good. No major drama or meltdowns and overall the kids are handling themselves with grace and poise...well as much as can be expected from 18 year olds! :)

So, with my seniors doing their final exit exhibits, I have been at school very late (6PM) almost every night. Thankfully it has been crazy hot outside, so I don't feel bad about giving Ms. Dreamy some well deserved time off. And most nights when I have been able to squeeze in a ride, it has been after 7PM and a bit cooler.

The horses are all doing very well. They were all a bit pudgy looking lately, so I have cut down everyone's grain. LOL! They are also now out on the grass pastures for part of the day, which is great. (And probably contributed to the pudge....LOL) Normally I cannot start weaning them onto grass until much later in June, but we had grass growing in March this year! They still spend time in their "all weather" paddocks (read: dirt) but within the next few weeks will be out on grass full time. I am crazy careful about introducing the lush pastures! Also, I have some time to relax over the next few weeks before our next show in Skowhegan....the three day Downeast Horse Congress!!! I am hoping for a LARGE turnout of Standardbreds.....the more, the better! :)

Dreamy has been happy to alternate dressage work, trail riding, and basic western work. I have been doing a lot more hacking than I did last year, and it shows. She is surprising me more and more each day with her good attitude and abilities. No longer do we have the fights we used to have under saddle when I ask for something harder or new. Our simple changes are getting better each day. Leg yielding at the trot is no longer a fight and her trot long and low is leaps and bounds beyond last year. Her neck reining is perfect and her jog is almost there. She REALLY likes the no contact thing when we ride western.....LOL! I think I could make her a peanut roller if I am not careful... :P

I still have not dragged out the jumps, which I ought to do soon. We have only used cavalettis so far this year.

Reva is still happy to work. She is solid walk/trot and I have cantered her here and there. I am more concerned with developing correct trot work right now, as once we canter she still just wants to only canter. LOL! But her canter leads are 100% to the left and about 95% to the right. We have a clinic coming up in June which should be fun. I am thrilled every day with her willing attitude, calm demeanor, and sensibility. She is truly a find. :)

Sparky is doing well too! She shed out almost all of her hair again this year, which is awesome for being Cushingoid. She needs a bath, which is the plan for sometime this weekend. I want to start driving her once I am out of school and have time (finding time to work two horses is crazy enough right now!) but I am not sure what she might think. She truly loves being a pasture puff and I do not want to stress her joints or anything. We shall see! :)

Tomorrow we are headed to pick up a manure spreader! Very excited! (Only as horse girl would say that.....LOL)!

Also, I just randomly won a Back on Track contest the other day! LOL! I won a $100 gift card, which was such a cool surprise! I bought a set of hock boots and the no bow leg wraps! They should arrive on Tuesday.

Well, that's the update. I realized today that without show updates, I was not writing anything! LOL! Thankfully, there is not much going on here, as we are just relaxing this long holiday weekend. Lots of fishing and riding planned. :D Not much else! I love being able to spend lots of time with my two boys (and the horses, of course!) after such a busy few weeks! :)