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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 …

A Fun Trip to the Tack Shop!

Yesterday I went to the Plaistow, NH Dover Saddlery with my horse buddy Tania.  She is the one who accompanied me to WEG last fall, so she is well versed in horse adventures!  LOL!



We had a good time.  She had not been to Dover since it was State Line Tack!  That was a long time ago!  It is a neat old barn and I do like shopping directly at Dover, since they have the highest shipping charges of any of the horsey supply catalog or online retailers.  The only bad thing about Dover in NH is that the bargain basement is not nearly as good as the one State Line Tack used to have.  

I really did not need much of anything, but it was still fun to browse around.  We looked at everything, of course, and even tried out the saddles.  I ended up with a brown half zip fleece (and Tania got one too so we can be matchy-matchy!  LOL), a little burgundy bucket because you can never have too many, a 60cc dose syringe, Mattes liquid melp, Manna Pro Apple Treats, cute Tuff Rider argyle riding socks, Brush Therapy, and a pink jumping bat!  


The best part was that I was able to get my grain there too!!  I was going to have to get grain today (Sunday) but I had hoped I could find a dealer on the way down to Dover.  As I was at the cash register, I was about to say, "Do you know where the closest Triple Crown dealer is...??" when I saw the huge sign that told their grain prices!  LOL!  OH!  So I was able to drive down back  to their annex store, Dover Feed and Stable!  Yay!


We went out to lunch at Friendly's and got back to Maine just as the snow storm was beginning.  All in all, a fun filled day!  :)

Comments

  1. Love, love, love Dover. I spend way too much money there.

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  2. I am definitely the "country cousin": I had to look up several products so I knew what you were talking about! (MELP? What the heck is that?!)

    And then I got all happy about the jumping bat until I figured out that it doesn't actually jump.

    Sigh.

    Tack shopping is definitely the best kind of shopping.

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  3. The nearest Dover is in Dallas, ~3 hrs away. So until then I'm not paying their shipping charges, especially considering how long it takes to get here as well :( But I LOVE their selection :)

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  4. I only get to go through catalogs and letters my penpal sends me who also goes to the NH Dover.

    BuMmER!!!!

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  5. Gotta love tack shopping! I really like Dover, but living in Canada makes it hard to shop there ;) That's what friends are for. (Eliminating shipping prices :P)

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