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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 …

Day Fifteen: 30 Day Challenge

Day Fifteen: If you could say something to any one horse, what would you say?

Well, I talk to my horses all the time.  LOL!  But I am assuming this means, if I could say something to any one horse AND the horse would UNDERSTAND and LISTEN to me, what would I say.  That is sort of hard to do! I could say a lot of things....I would want to tell Reva to stop chewing on everything in sight and to start picking up the canter lead to the right this year, I would tell Dreamy to relax and stop avoiding the contact (by going behind the bit) like she sometimes does and to slow down her canter, I could tell Sparky to stop grinding up her poop like she sometimes does in her stall or to stop chewing on that little spot on her stall.....etc etc. 

But you know what?  Those are all silly things that I can either live with or train my horse better.  LOL!  None of them really matter so much.

What I would really say?  I would tell Sparky THANK YOU.  I would thank her for being the very best first horse a girl could ever have.  I would tell her I am sorry for any mistakes I made with her.  I would tell her how happy she made me back when I was thirteen and how she still makes me so happy to this day as a 31 year old.  I would tell her there will never be another horse like her.  I show her this every day by how I take care of her.  I promised her a forever home back in January of 1993 when I first met her, and she will be with me until her last breath.  Sometimes I just wish she really understood how much she has done for me and how I can never repay her.  I just hope she feels loved and appreciated in whatever way a horse feels that.  :-)
Sparky and me at her retirement ceremony in 2007


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