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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 …


My grandfather, whom I call Bampie and have written about here, is not only one of my favorite people, but also one of my favorite horse people.  He taught me so much in the years I boarded my first mare Sparky at his farm.  I was lucky enough to board her there for the first six months I owned her in eighth grade, and after a year and a half boarding elsewhere, I brought her back from my sophomore year in high school until I moved her here to Cornish with me in 2003.  He took care of her for me all through college, and there were times when I would not be able to visit her for a week or two at a time.  But I always knew Sparky was fine.  Bampie is the one person who I truly have never had to worry about leaving my horse with.  

Anyway, I visited and went out to lunch with Bampie on Christmas Eve day.  Besides the usual Christmas card and cash gift (thank you Bampie!) he gave me a brand new pair of leather splint boots.

Now granted, they are 20+ years old.  LOL!  But they were never put on a horse!  They're brand new and in perfect shape!  They are the Walsh brand and really nice.  Granted, they won't fit Dreamy's little tendons, but they are just right for Reva!  Yay!  Her first pair of cross country boots!  :D

I love that Bampie is the biggest pack rat ever.  He has trunks and trunks FULL of harness racing equipment.  I have one of his trunks (given to me the day Sparky became mine and arrived at his farm), I have a jog cart, a few harnesses, and other odds and ends he has given me over the years.  Every time I am there, he gives me something to take home.  I love it, because even though some of the things I will not use (I have Volo's halter and brushes...they are his and I will keep them forever just because) or cannot use (I have an old leather racing harness that is not safe but it was my grandfather's and that is what matters...), they are hand-me-downs from someone I love and care about very much.  :)


  1. That is too cool. He sounds similar great grandfather. Before he fought with the Air Force in WWII (fighting and being a POW in the Euro Theater, a purple heart, he's got some amazing stories) he worked on his family farm driving the plow horse. So I've learned a thing or two about driving (I showed him videos of combined driving at the WEG, and he laughed and said that he couldn't understand why people overcomplicated it!) I keep trying to get him to come down from Dallas and visit Greta, he's never met her!

  2. what a great gift! How neat that your grandfather was is a horse person as well! I think it is so neat that you have a bunch of his old stuff... I hope you have some pictures of him with his horses, or with you and your horses....

    I'm the only horsey person in my family and would've been nice to have someone that was interested/understood what I was doing!


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