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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 …

NaBloPoMo Day #12

Day #12 - My favorite thing about my horse


Soft muzzles...
Happy ears...
Kind eyes...

I love everything about my horses.  Yes, they are expensive and time consuming.  But my horses define who I am.  I don’t ever remember not having horses in my life.  I think for me it is an inborn trait!  I enjoy the responsibility that comes with owning horses and keeping them in my backyard.  I enjoy working hard, getting blisters, feeling tired and sweaty after a good ride or 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.


This is a great saying that describes why I love horses..



From time to time people tell me, “lighten up, it's just a horse”, or “that's a lot of money for just a horse”. They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for “just a horse.” Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a horse.”


Many hours have passed and my only companion was “just a horse”, but I did not once feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a horse," and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “just a horse” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day. If you, too, think it's “just a horse”, then you will probably understand phrases like “just a friend”, “just a sunrise,” or “just a promise”.



”Just a horse” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. “Just a horse” brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person. So for me and folks like me, it's not “just a horse” but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.



”Just a horse” brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from the worries of the day. I hope that someday they can understand that it's not “just a horse”, but the very thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “just a woman.”



So the next time you hear the phrase “just a horse”, just smile.... because they “just” don't understand.



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