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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 …

Just because...

The other day I had to walk out into Dreamy's pasture for something.  She was eating hay on the far side of her paddock (which opens up into said pasture).  She spotted me and marched right over in order to follow me all the way out in the pasture.  


I gave her a scratch on her neck, she watched what I was doing, and then she followed me back into her paddock.   It was just so cute.

I know that is not a big deal, but for Dreamy it is.  Not only did she leave her hay pile to be with me, but it was so cute how she just wanted to see what I was up to.  It was like she wanted to be with me just because.  

When I first got her back in 2003, she was very aloof and kind of indifferent to people...not in a rude way, just in a very uninterested way.  When I started riding her in 2006, she started to become more friendly, but it really has not been until the last year or so that she is really showing an attachment to me.


It is moments like that where I completely fall in love with horses all over again.  Dorky, I know, but when they show me they care more about me than just the fact that I feed them, I confess it makes me that horse crazy six year old little girl all over again.  :)

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  1. Horses are wonderful. Many years ago, one of my horses not only left his feed, but came out into the driving rain to drive off dogs that were attacking me. Kippen my Highland Pony who simply lives for food, is quite happy to spend a quiet hour or so spending time with me and with no food involved. It's hard to explain this sort of thing to non-horse people and even to some horse people.

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  2. I wish you could see me: grinning like a fool.

    :-)

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