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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 …

Good Morning Sheep!

My neighbor owns sheep.  During the fall and winter, when the leaves are off the trees, you can just about see into their field.  My horses are usually not bothered by the occasional sheep noises or glimpses of them through the trees. 


This morning was funny though.  It was very quiet and cold, and the only sounds were the mares moving around in their paddocks, quietly chewing their grain. 


I was lugging water out back to Sparky and Reva when I heard the funniest sheep noise.  It occurred a couple of times and made me laugh because it sounded so loud and odd.  Dreamy was eating out in front of the barn and Sparky made no indication that she was bothered by it or even heard it!


But Reva heard it!  She was not scared at all, but she definitely heard it.  She had the most bewildered and quizzical look on her face (For a horse, that is!  LOL!)  She stopped chewing her grain to listen more carefully and looked out through the trees in the direction of the sheep field.   She looked at me and back towards the sound.  She was so confused!  LOL!  I found this pretty funny and told her so.  I explained what it was.  Yes, I am crazy and often talk to my horses.  LOL!

Well, she actually RESPONDED to me with a soft nicker.  ha ha ha ha


Of course, I can't tell what she was saying to me, but it was such a funny way to start my day!  ;-D

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