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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 …

Dreamy's former owners

Back in 2008, I wrote to all of Dreamy's previous owners, just for fun.  Out of the 7-8 of them, only one responded.  Dr. Hank Schlesinger and his wife are from NY and they owned Dreamy at the end of her racing career.  He was happy to hear from me, it seemed.  He wrote:


I am very sorry that we have not written back sooner concerning "Dreamy Starlet".  When we had her she was a spunky filly with a big heart and a lot of promise!  When she developed her chips I determined her racing time was over.  I was an equine veterinarian then and I could have done the surgery so ending her racing career was the alternative.  She was like a big puppy ready for everything.  She had quite a disposition and a lot of spunk.  We were sorry to let her go.  We are very glad a wonderful person like you has her now.  Maybe someday if it is OK we might come to visit.  Give her a hug for us.  ~Dr. Hank and Cathy Schlesinger 

I thought was so nice of them to write back!  :)

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  1. Made me teary, how lovely to have contact (for both of you). You are fortunate to have all of Dreamy's "owners" contact information!

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