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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 computer is currently dead from a terrible virus, hence the lack of posts.  I am hoping it will be fixed properly this week.  :(  Thank goodness for my work computer!  LOL!

Anyway, just had to share something cute.  Reva is probably one of the most affectionate horses I have ever met, and certainly the most affectionate out of the three I own.  Sparky simply "puts up" with me, her servant, while Dreamy does like to nicker lovingly to me and puts up with minimal fussing.  Reva, on the other hand, is the biggest lovebug ever.  She whinnies loudly to me when she sees me and would quite honestly like to climb into my lap if she could.  While she is very loving, she is not an obnoxious in-your-face kind of horse, thankfully.

So every night after I bring the mares inside, grain them, and all that, just as I am leaving the barn, I give them each a cookie.  It has become ritual enough that they will actually stand with their heads over their doors waiting for me.  LOL!  Sparky gets hers first and dives right back into her grain.  Dreamy gets hers second and then whuffes my face and enjoys a scratch or two on the neck before heading back to eat.  Reva is last and she begs for attention.  She will stand there at her door for as long as I am there, enjoying her face rubbed, leaving her grain and hay.  Sometimes she will even still be standing at her stall door, watching me as I walk back into the house.  It is pretty cute.

Last night she did something new.  I groomed everyone last night before doling out cookies, and Reva was apparently very pleased with me.  She ate her cookie, closed her eyes while I scratched her furry ears and cheeks, and then she leaned down and rested her big forehead on my chest.


She stayed there for a while, too.  Such a love.  It was like getting a horsey hug.  :)  I am such a sap, but it is kind of fun to have a horse who really likes to be fussed with.  It totally makes my inner horse crazy little girl happy.  I hugged her back with my arms up around her face.  She seemed to like it!  LOL!  Her eyes were all soft and happy when I left the barn.  I kissed her cheek and she sighed.  Oooooh horse.  And people wonder why I love them so much!  :)


  1. I lovvvvve moments like that :) All those non-horse people out there have no clue what they're missing ;)

  2. Reva sounds like my Ozzy. He prefers my attention to his food.

  3. Reva sounds like a real sweetie! Our Dawn will rest her nose on your chest, or shoulder, if she's feeling affectionate. Pie will come up and put his nose next to your face. An affectionate horse is a plus!

  4. Fiddle sez: food first, then love. Unless there's more food?

  5. What Ashley said!
    Skip would put his head on my shoulder and give great big long hugs (when the mood struck him). I would have to stand real strong and still because his head would get so heavy! If I only knew then what I know now... sigh...but it is all meant to be. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  6. Awww - how cute! I wish my horse was a bit more affectionate - or would at least tolerate some hugs! lol

    Hope your computer gets sorted out soon...

  7. Hi Honey, I loved your Reva story. I love you, mom xoxox

  8. This post makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.....
    I TOLD you she was an exceptional filly!!! LOL!


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