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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 …

Dressage cowgirl?? Nah, I just dress like one.

Things have been crazy around here, hence the lack of posts!  Sorry readers!  It is the end of quarter two, and this English teacher is up to her eyeballs in grading writing portfolios.  I am halfway done though, so that is a good thing!

Lots of horsey things have been going on, but nothing has really sparked my interest in writing.  LOL!  And it has been brutally cold.  I mean, arctic cold.  As much as I want to ride in the beautiful snow, it is just too cold for me and the ponies.   At least the sun is out, I suppose!


Something funny dawned on me today and I wanted to write about it.  I thought about how a nice dressage rider (and occasional eventer) like myself has accumulated so many WESTERN shirts!  LOL!  Yes, readers.  Western shirts!!  WHY you might ask?


Well, I don't know.  :)  Dreamy and I did try our hand at showing Western pleasure this past year at the Standardbred National Show.  It was a lot of fun.  But I wore a sparkly Western show shirt for that.  Will I show Western again?  Maybe.  It honestly does not interest me that much compared to dressage.  But I do really have a desire to try team penning.  Granted, my Western saddle is a show saddle, but what the hell. 


But, I am not talking about the sparkly show shirts.  I mean the yoke pearl button WESTERN shirts.  A few years ago, I found this pretty Western shirt by Roper for $5 including shipping on eBay.  I go through cycles with eBay where I will ignore it for months and then shop it for weeks.  How could I NOT buy this NWOT five dollar shirt????  :)


It is cute, and I love the buttons and yoke thing.  For some reason I really like the pearl buttons on Western shirts.....???  LOL!


Then along came a few others, such as these two Wrangler shirts found at Tractor Supply for $3 each.  Seriously?  Who can resist a shirt for $3??  Suddenly, I liked dressing like a cowgirl!  Tee hee!



And last year at Tractor Supply again, I found this one.  It was on sale, but I think I spent around $12.


And then this is the latest one, though it came from Macy's!  My husband bought it for me for Christmas...it is by Style and Co.  It looks a lot brighter in the pic than in real life.  It is more fitted with a lower neckline than my Wrangler and Roper shirts, but I still love it.



You know, I see a trend...hues of pink, brown, and turquoise???  LOL!  I like to wear them on Jeans Friday at school with one of my belts with the big silver buckles.  The kids get a kick out of it.  Of course, I pair them with my Danskos, my teaching footwear of choice.  No cowboy boots here.......yet??  (I do like the Ariat FatBaby boots a lot, but have not bought any).

So anyway, it just struck me funny how much I love my Western styled shirts.  Am I a dressage cowgirl?????  Nah.....I just like to dress like one!  ;-D

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  1. There's an award waiting for you, should you choose to swing by my blog! Btw, I love how much more colour co-ordination western riders get!

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  2. The local Goodwill store has a can't-miss-it Western Stuff sale every summer (right before Fair!), and they feature everything that has anything to do with the American West, horses, and cowboys...including Western Shirts. I love 'em, and usually buy a few "new" additions to the wardrobe every year. My fave: denim with leather fringe, which cost about $5.

    Score!!!!

    p.s. the Ariat Fatbaby boots are very comfy for on-your-feet-all-day work. I love mine.

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  3. They're PRETTY. I want to buy and wear them and I'm an English rider too.

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