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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 …

Deworming is such a lovely chore....

The other day all three of the mares were dewormed.....with a double dose of Strongid (pyrantel pamoate)!  YUM!  LOL!  At least they are all very good about it.  They make faces at me, but stand nicely with their heads down and accept it.  One tube for each side of the mouth! 
  
It is funny, in a sadistic kind of way, how they smack their lips like they are eating peanut butter.  But of course, dewormer cannot taste good.  :P

Each of them dug into their dinners with a small spot of light green smudge on the side of their mouths.  :D  Good mares.

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