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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 …

Stylish Blogger Award

Thanks to Kate at Riding From the Ground Up for bestowing this blogger award to me!  

There are four duties to perform to receive this award:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!

So I have to share seven things about myself.  Hmmmm....
  •  I am a perfectionist and organized to a fault.  This is perhaps because I am a first born, with a Type-A personality.  :)  I like things done correctly the first time.  I have a hard time delegating because it is easier to just do it myself and not have to "fix" something that someone else did for me.  Being a perfectionist is hard, and sometimes completely stresses me out.  (Yes ,I have read the book Don't Sweat the Small Stuff.....many times! LOL!)  But I will say that I have "mellowed" out a bit over the years, especially since becoming a mom.  But I am still pretty tightly wound!  LOL!
  • I love to teach, and I truly like my kids, but I really hate all the drama (and other things....but I will refrain from typing anything else) of the adults.  I dislike staff meetings and all the blah, blah, blah complaining from the adults I teach with.  Yes, some of them are GREAT!  But I admit I have to bite my tongue and suppress my eye rolling A LOT during a school day.  If ya don't like kids, or you can't stop complaining for a moment to breath, or if you really aren't teaching anything in your class, stop teaching!  LOL!
  • Speaking of drama, I also HATE HATE HATE the drama I have experienced over the years from crazy horse people.  Sadly, these individuals are all OLDER than me and ought to know better.  But that is not the case.  I have had experiences with very mean and truly EVIL people.  Once I nearly got hit at a horse club meeting!  I have had a crazy person with a "hate crush" who wrote about me on her blog!  I had a person get in my face and yell at me at a horse show!  Seriously people?  I would think they have better things to do than worry about me!  LOL!  It is sick.  I have come to the conclusion that people are not only crazy, but will do crazy things when they are JEALOUS of you.  I hate to think people are jealous of me, but that is all I can figure.  Sad.
  • I am the class secretary for my college class (2001) at the University of New Hampshire.  :D  I write three columns a year for the alumni magazine's "Class Notes" section.  I worked in the alumni office during my senior year, helping to edit the alumni magazine, and when I graduated they asked me to be the class secretary!  I like the job and enjoying writing my column.  I also LOVE MY COLLEGE!!!  GO WILDCATS!
  • I adore riding dressage, but it also drives me incredibly crazy.  I am not a naturally gifted dressage rider.  I was taught to ride hunt seat at age 6, so my body wants to be in a forward seat.  It is my comfort zone.  And I am short at only 5' 3/4" (LOL) so I am not long and tall and elegant in the saddle.  OK, I have moment of being elegant, I suppose.  I am short and stubby and I want to lean forward like I am about to go over a fence!  LOL!  I also have discovered I do not have the best "feel" in the world.  If an instructor asks me what my horse is doing, I can feel whether or not it is correct, but I have no body awareness of myself or the horse (well, very little).  So it is frustrating!
  • I grew up hating the color pink.  I was a bit of a tomboy, preferring my guy friends to any female.  Actually the only females I tend to get along with are horse girls, both as a kid and now!  But lately I have been loving the color pink..... but NOT neon pink.  GAG ME.  But I love light pink and brown anything.  I love my Burberry pink plaid iPhone cover.  If I had gobs of money, I would own a pink plaid Burberry purse!  I have a cute pink plaid ribbon belt.  Reva's colors are light pink plaid....and I am totally coveting these shipping boots for her.  Sadly, I do not have the money for them right now.  But someday....  :)  If anyone wants to buy the SmartPink Plaid ones for her, she would gladly accept them. 
  • I hate to cook.  Like REALLY HATE TO COOK.  But I really LOVE to eat!  :)  I could eat out at a restaurant or take out every night of the week.  Come to think of it, I generally despise most all housework.  I am not domestic at all.  My only domestic quality is that I live in a house!  :)  My barn is always cleaner than my house.  I mean, my house is always picked up, but not always clean.  I breed dust bunnies!  I wish I had a housewife.  Geez, that would make my life so much easier and more fun!  LOL!
OK, now I have to award this to 15 recently discovered bloggers.  Well.....I admit I "follow" many blogs, but only a handful actually update on a regular basis.  In fact, more than half of them have not written anything for a looooong time!  Plus, I really have not discovered any new blogs lately.   I award this "Stylish Blogger Award" to any of you who are reading and have a blog!  Go ahead, accept it!  :)  You deserve it!  Go and write!!!  :D


  1. The amount of drama in the horse world is sickening (I just got flamed all over COTH yesterday for trying to track down a missing SRF horse, and I'm not even a member!!!) I too hated pink growing up. Ozzy's colors jokingly became pink and lime green to keep my stuff from disappearing at my old barn. It sort of stuck and I've found myself buying more and more pink stuff over the years. Haha.


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