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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 Thirteen: 30 Day Challenge

Day Thirteen: A picture of your worst riding

Oh geez, this could be interesting!  LOL!  I am not sure I actually want to publish a pic of my worst riding! Now that I have looked all through my folders, I could not stop at just one......ha ha ha.  Get ready to laugh...or cringe!!

Dreamy's first horse show, fall of 2006.  She decided that the first crossrail was super scary (and now that I look at the fence, I see that it is set up incorrectly with a false ground line!  SMART!)  This is me trying to NOT fall off...she stopped so hard that I ended up on her neck (I was sitting on her withers!) and almost on top of the left jump standard.  I refused to actually fall off, so I clung to her neck, got myself back in the saddle, circled her, cleared the fence, finished the course, and placed sixth out of 13 riders.  (The following spring we placed first in the same class.)  Sorry Mom, I am sure your heart just stopped looking at this...  ;-D



Downeast Congress, summer 2010.  Dreamy had a complete and total meltdown in her hunter over fences class.  Something spooked her in the covered arena (she HATES that ring) and she tried to run out to the right at the second fence.  This is me doing my damnedest to keep her straight.  Defensive riding at its best!  I particularly like my tongue sticking out.  LOL!

Standardbred Nationals, summer 2009.  Ah, yes, this is classic: looking down to check the lead, rounding my back and shoulders, bracing my elbows, loss of contact.  Oh man.  And Dreamy is at the most awkward moment of the gait so she looks mighty fine herself!  Bahahahaha.

Linda Zang clinic, spring 2009.  Dreamy looks cute, despite my equitation fail.  I just LOVE my leg!  LOL!  Bent wrist, weird elbows, and pinching with my knee.  Lower leg is gone.  :-)  It is the "up" phase of the rising trot and I look like I am about to take flight off my horse's back.

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  1. Gotta admit I get a kick out of refusal photos.

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  2. HA HA HA, I know, right? At least I did not fall off. I like our faces in each one. :-)

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