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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 Five: 30 Day Challenge

Day Five: The last time you rode your horse and what you did

This post is totally depressing to me.  Because of the very cold temperatures and the nearly four feet of snow out there, riding is pretty much nonexistent right now.  That makes me sad and cranky.  The last time I rode both Dreamy and Reva was a relatively warm day (above 20 degrees and sunny...) back in January.  :*(  It was still cold enough for me to forgo tack and just rode them each in their bridles.  I quickly found out how hard it is to get onto Reva's tall back without stirrups when I am only five feet tall (think lots of shimmying....LOL!)  With both mares, I just plowed around through the snow in the field and managed a few short trot sets.  The snow is deep and the horses are not in good enough shape to work too long in it.

Since then, the weather and temps are still not very conducive to riding.  I wish I had an indoor at my disposal...oh well.  The only reason I might ever want to board again would be for an indoor.  But to me, the negatives of boarding (the hassle and drama) would far outweigh the one positive (an indoor).  And I would not be able to own three horses if I make do with what I have!

The last time I rode Sparky was on Christmas Day.  I was able to ride all three mares that afternoon...which was a nice feeling!

It is even snowing right now........SIGH.  I really hope I can start riding for real soon!  C'mon spring!


  1. I hear ya loud 'n clear re: the dang weather. Our sn*w has finally melted at home, but there's plenty on the trails yet...and we've got an event scheduled in 3 weeks!!!


  2. Sorry to hear you cannot ride but it is actually a little relieving that I am not the only one out there struggling through these unridable times. It makes me frustrated and cranky too. I agree C'mon spring!

  3. I think I'd go out of my mind...

  4. Oh Aarene, I bet it all melts for you by then! March is the month for melting! :-)

    Amy, it kind of feels better to know others are suffering too! LOL! ;-D

    Dom, it is hard not to! But after 26 years of riding with no indoor, I guess I am used to it. :-( March is a cruel month though! LOL!


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