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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 …

Book Review: The Blessing of the Animals by Katrina Kittle

I randomly picked up this book at Target the other day.  As an English teacher, I normally do not have time during the school year to read anything other than the books I am teaching.  I grabbed this (mostly because it had a horse on the cover) and figured it would have to wait until Christmas break or next summer.  My mistake was thinking I would just read a little bit of it last weekend....thankfully both my boys were gone so I was able to have a marathon reading session and finished it in in a day and half!  LOL! 

The Blessing of the Animals was a neat book.  I really liked the characters and the storyline.  There are moments that made me laugh and others that really made me sad.  The protagonist Camden Anderson is a veterinarian, which of course I liked immediately because I enjoy any story about animals and horses.  :)  From the first page, it hooked me and I was unable to put it down.  I liked Cam immediately...while she can save and fix animals, she is unable to fix her marriage.  I was able to empathize with her, as my own relationship is not always the best either.  :-p  I enjoyed reading about her own mistakes and struggles as a woman, wife, and mother, as I was able to relate to her.  The overall theme of the book played with the notion that animals are often our most reliable friends and confidantes.  I can safely say that my animals (specifically horses) are the one constants in my life and have indeed taught me more than most people.  And of course, there is one special horse that Cam becomes close to and he helps her along her journey.

I think I might read Kittle's other books, too.  I liked her writing style very much.  :)  This is definitely a book I wanted to pass along!


  1. I might just have to go get that book for myself...sort-of sounds another book that I LOVED! Thanks for the review!


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