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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 …

Shout Out to VTO Saddlery

I purchased my dressage coat last year through VTO Saddlery.  They are not a company I usually used, but they had the Romfh coat I wanted.  Yes, I admit I wanted a Pikeur, but my budget would not allow for it.  LOL! 

Anyway, at my last dressage show, I noticed the last button on the front of my coat was missing!  Horrors!  Of course, all my safety pins are in my hunt seat garment bag, so I just had to ride the way it was.  I figured most people would not even notice, but it bothered me!

So I emailed VTO Saddlery to see if they might be able to sell me a spare button or two.  Within 10 days of my original email, I had two new buttons from them.....FOR FREE!  I offered to pay, but they just sent them to me!  How awesome is that?  Not only did they get the buttons quickly from their supplier, they did not even charge me. 

THANK YOU VTO SADDLERY!  You now have a VERY happy customer.  I was happy with my purchase before, but now I will be sure to always check their website when I need to order something.  

I love my coat, BTW.  It fits great and it has a neat Teflon shell that does not pick up dirt and wipes off easily.  It is pretty lightweight and breathable, as much as a black coat in the summer can be!  I just took a moment this afternoon to replace the missing button and it looks as good as new.  Oh, and I saw my bronze medal pin on my office shelf and decided it was time to attach it to the lapel.  I can't believe I forgot to do that before today!  LOL! 
Here I am with my coat at Standardbred Nationals in 2009.  The pin on the lapel in the pic is a NEDA pin.....now it has my bronze pin!!!  :)

Please use VTO Saddlery!  They have great customer service!  :)

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  1. I love VTO saddlery. They had the SoftTouch dressage girth I was looking for and it was $30 cheaper than everywhere else I had looked at, so I only got it for $20. And it came in less than a week. And I had a problem with ordering breeches once and their customer service was prompt and helpful. I love them.

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  2. LOVE IT when that happens! Its the little things that make a day brighter :)

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  3. I'm sitting at Bangor Raceway watching 3 riders on Standardbreds riding in the center of the track and I swear you and Dreamy are here today. She looks great!

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  4. Thanks Melissa! It was great to meet you today! I will post about our day at the track soon! :)

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