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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 Twenty Two: 30 Day Challenge

Day Twenty Two: Describe the importance of riding in your life

I ride and own horses because they define who I am.  I simply cannot imagine my life without my horses.  I don’t ever remember not having horses in my life.  I think for me loving horses is an inborn trait!  I enjoy the responsibility that comes with owning horses and keeping them in my backyard.  I like working hard, getting blisters, and feeling tired after a good ride or from putting up hundreds of hay bales.  Riding and showing allows me to set goals and create hopes/dreams for the future.  My horses’ good health and my riding accomplishments make me very proud.  My horses give me comfort, teach me patience, and accept me for who I am.  I know I will never be without a horse in my life.

Horses represent power, beauty, and strength, which are all traits I think woman want to possess.  Since “power” and “strength” are often masculine qualities, horses offer me a chance to be those things in a more feminine way.  There is nothing quite like riding a good gallop across a field, mastering a dressage concept, or soaring over fences to make me feel strong and powerful.  But often this power is coupled with gentleness as well.  Horses appeal to both of my feminine and masculine sides. 

I appreciate the communication between a horse and rider.  It is subtle and complex, and unlike any communication between humans.  It is more sensitive and pure.  My relationship with my horses is something that I treasure and I know it can never be recreated with a human being.

Also, I think women are nurturers, and therefore we often revel in taking care of our horses: I know I get a lot of enjoyment out of brushing, feeding, mucking, and worrying about my horses!  I think women like myself are attracted to horses because they not only represent something to care for (and care for very deeply), but also because it allows us something to give ourselves.  When I am riding or showing, it is MY time.  It is a break from my work/family/home responsibilities.  

I remember writing my college essay back in 1997 about the importance of horses in my life and what they taught me.  I was accepted into all four colleges I applied to, so it must have been decent.  ;-)  Of course, having looked for it now to post here, I cannot find it. 

My mare Sparky (left) and FW Volo, 1997


  1. Sparky's got the sweetest looking face. I know that's rather unrelated to the post... but still!


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