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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 …


There is nothing like walking outdoors at 6:15 AM and finding a horse loose in the barnyard. Yikes!  How in the world the filly escaped her stall last week escapes me!  LOL!  Thankfully Reva was easy to catch, following me into the barn when I went to get her halter.  She had no scrapes or cuts, and while she did eat a bit of hay stacked in the barn and leave her hoof prints in the driveway, it did not appear that she did any damage.  It also did not appear that she had been loose for very long.

I fully expected to see her stall door off its hinges, or something to that effect.   Oddly enough, not only was the door fine, but the chain hook was not damaged at all!  Huh???  The only thing I can figure is that she played with the doubled ended snap long enough to unhook it from the eye hook???  (Side note: I don't really like her stall door set-up, but it is safe and works.....most of the time!!!  It is a wire mesh stall gate and the latch is a short piece of chain, with a double ended snap on each end that connects to an eye hook.  I hook the chain around the end of the door.)  Anyway, I went to the hardware store that same day and bought two bull snaps like this and connected them to the chain with links.
Hopefully they will work well.  So far, she has not tried to escape again.  If she is able to unhook the bull snaps, well then I am out of ideas!  LOL!

So apparently, not only does Reva enjoy escaping from her pasture, now she has figured out how to escape her stall as well!  :-p  At least the new hot wire (and taller) fence has put an end to her pasture adventures, and I am hoping the new snap will help as well.   Oh mare!!!


  1. Johnny and Reva should become friends...Johnny is a complete escape artist, he has to have his stall door buckled shut with a spur strap because he takes everything else off! People under-estimate the cleverness of horses!


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