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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 …

Happy 4th Anniversary, Standardbred Excellence!

I began this blog exactly four years ago today!  That seems crazy!  So much has changed over four years and I love being able to go back and see my mares' progress.  I wish I had the money to turn my blog into a book.  That would be pretty neat!


Right now, I have 96 followers and many more readers who do not officially "follow" me on Blogger.  I would love to hit 100!!  Thank you, loyal readers, for reading and commenting and supporting Standardbred Excellence!


Total pageviews in the last four years: 32,664!  I know that is not huge compared to some blogs, but I think it is pretty neat!  I never thought people would want to read what I write!


My most popular posts seem to be about chastetree berry, saddle fitting, ethmoid hematomas, our WEG 2010 adventure, and my COPD/Cushings post.



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Oct 14, 2010, 6 comments
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My biggest audience is by far here in the USA, with Canada, Australia, Russia, and the UK trailing a bit evenly behind.  About every day I get a reader from a country I have never heard of, which is neat.  I did a 30 Day Challenge back in March 2011 and NaBloPoMo in November 2011.


There are times when I blog nearly every single day and other times I will go a month without writing anything.  I try to be more consistent, but there are times when blogging just has to take a back seat to life.


Thank you to all my readers and commenters!  I love sharing my journey with you.  Here's to another great year of blogging!!  :-)

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  1. Happy anniversary! Well done. :)

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  2. Congratulations - and thanks to you for giving us something fun and interesting to read!

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  3. hopefully I just added another person towards your goal of 100. :) I just recently started a "new" blog myself, and I am going to try to be a more consistent
    poster than I have in the past.

    I look forward to keeping up with your blog, as I also adore standardbreds!!

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