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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 …


Listen, it don't really matter to me, baby. 
You believe what you want to believe, you see. 
You don't have to live like a refugee..

Yeah, my horses sort of look like refugees lately, a la the Tom Petty's song.  :D  Between the awful fall rain causing tons of mud and the 39497345795 things in my plate lately, they are lucky to be fed.  LOL!  Today I finally got the chance to groom everyone, as I am on school vacation for Thanksgiving!  Wooo!  Best part of being a teacher!

It was super windy today, with gusts up to 30 mph.  At least the sun was out, but with the temps hovering around 35, it was brisk out there!  LOL!  I forgot how rejuvenating the wind chill can be!  :-p  I broke out the winter riding pants and boots for the first time.  Sigh.  I knew Dreamy might be a bit fresh, and she was.  Ha ha ha.  She is not bad and is really easy to control when she scoots and leaps in her excitement.  It is more like she scoots and I am right there to steady her, so she sighs....awww, OK Mom.  She is predictable and by keeping an eye on her ears, I can anticipate any of her maneuvers.  After our first trot, she settled in and was fine.  

We had a productive ride, actually, and I was happy with our trot and canter work.  Being slightly "up" made for some really nice forwardness into the bridle.  She was steady and happy, despite being on her winter break.  I only rode for 30 minutes, fully aware that she is not in great shape anymore.  But I am glad I did ride.  I almost chickened out, thinking that my nice warm house would be a better bet.  Once I got grooming, spending three hours outside this afternoon was really nice!

I knew better than to get on Reva.  LOL!  She probably would have been fine, but I thought I ought to play it safe since I was home alone. No use falling off and having a bad experience.  Maybe in the morning I can get on her before I have to be at my family's Thanksgiving dinner.

At least everyone is clean tonight.  By tomorrow in turnout, they will be caked with mud again.  Ah well.  :D