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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 …

More Snow Pics!

My son and I took advantage of the gorgeous sunny weather yesterday to play in the snow with Dreamy.  He was very giggly at first, mostly because he has never ridden bareback (usually has his teeny western saddle) and because he has never ridden in the snow!  He is hot/cold about the age six I would have been in heaven if my mother owned three horses!  LOL!  But I can understand how growing up with them in the backyard takes some of the excitement out of it.  I NEVER push him to ride.  It is always his idea.  And he was having so much fun yesterday that I had to beg to have my own turn!  LOL!

After a moment of walk, he decided to ask Dreamy to trot.  LOL!  Ummmm, no kiddo, Mama's not going to let you trot bareback, in the snow, and without a lead/lunge line attached!  Thankfully Dreamy knows her job as a babysitter and did not actually go into a trot.  This past summer was the first time he agreed to ride without a lead rope attached and actually steers very well.  His favorite exercise last summer was to go over the ground poles and aiming for the exact center over all four.  LOL!  And yesterday was the first time he actually expressed interest in trotting.  I told him if he wants to learn, we could plan a time with the saddle and a lunge line attached.  We'll see if he actually follows through.....  :-D  

The pics are from my iPhone because I did not want to deal with my camera in the snow.  I knew my son would want to take pics of me and he can easily handle the iPhone.

Brushing Dreamy before the ride.

Dreamy wanted to follow me around rather than allow him to "ride" her alone. When he would turn her away from me, she would halt. LOL! He asked me why Dreamy would not listen to him and I told him, "Well, you are tiny like a flea and she can barely feel you up there!" Hence the nickname of The Flea while he rides her.

This kid's got a hell of a position on a horse. I wish he would want to ride more than just 2-3 times a year. SIGH

I love her eyes closed. She is just like Sparky when my son rides her.

Typical.  LOL!

He thought making tracks in the snow was pretty cool. "She's like a truck, Mama!" LOL!!!

This is so cute it hurts.

Finally Mama got a turn to ride her horse.....I had to beg! LOL!

Best place on earth....the back of my pony.

Many of the pics look like this.....but still a good job for a six year old!  LOL!

Big canter.

Another big canter.

I especially love my fancy riding 16 year old Carhartt coveralls are sexy!!! LOL!

Feeding treats to the goooood mare. :)

ME: How many treats should we give her?
C: Hmmm, how about six 'cause I'm six!

Kitty tracks!



  1. Good girl, Dreamy! Ozzy's like that. Beginners can kick him all day long. He's not going to trot until I tell him to.

  2. Gooooooood Girl, Dreamy!

    I love that orange helmet cover.

    A very strong coffee drink.

  3. Your son takes very nice photos. Could you please tell him for me?

  4. Hi honey,

    I love the pictures of the horses and Clarence. I just hope she never takes off with him. Have you taught him how to dismount yet? I love you, mom the worrier :)

  5. LOL! I knew there would be a comment from you, Mom! Yes, he knows about emergency dismounts. He did get a bit wobbly once and all it took was me saying "whoa". She stopped immediately. She really won't go faster than a slow walk with him on her back. I know he could get hurt, but I was right there at all times. He's got a pretty good seat and very good horse sense (and a helmet!!) Plus the snow would break his fall pretty well. I started riding at that age, remember?? :-D

  6. Love your Mom's post! Her daughter and now only grandchild bitten by the horse bug! Whoa : D Horses (and dogs) really do have that 6th sense! I liked that the snow was there as a cushion too :) But YOU would not put your MOST PRECIOUS baby in any danger (I know your Mom knows this!)! Love you Ladies!


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