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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 …

Otter Pond Ride

On August 4, my friend Lydia and I took our horses to play in Otter Pond in Standish, ME.  We had hoped to actually swim in the pond, but it was really shallow really close to shore and then there was a HUGE drop off into the pond.  So we really could only splash around a little.  It was still super fun and I hope we can find a place to actually swim next summer when Lydia comes home from college in Montana!

It ended up that the only day that worked for us both was the Saturday right before my dressage show that I posted about yesterday.  While Dreamy is a complete been-there-done-that horse and would be the obvious pick for my first try swimming with my mares, she really doesn't like water.  Of course, she will trot and even canter through water on the trail and in a cross country course, but she only does it because I ask.  Reva LOVES water and tries to splash in the little puddles in the yard.  So I felt like Reva was a better choice, even though she is much greener and had a show the following day.  I knew Reva would be fine to trail ride and then show in the same weekend, but after scoring SO well the next day, I figured it MUST have been because she went to the pond the day before!  I declared that in order to do well at a dressage show, we must swim!  LOL!  ;-)

We decided to go bareback (good plan for Reva's third trail ride of her life, right? LOL!), with just our bathing suits and shorts.  Oh and sneakers WITHOUT socks in case we got really wet. I opted for a bareback pad just in case I needed a bit more "grip" if Reva acted like a 6 year old.  (She didn't!  LOL!)  Our motto for the day was "safety first!"  We looked like white trash horse bums, but we didn't care!  LOL!

Reva loves Lydia's horse Rey.  She is not herd bound with him, but definitely likes having him there for support.  It is quite cute.  He is a very good boy and very used to helping start colts, so he was patient with Reva.  She was a little looky on the trail at first, but settled in easily and was even happy to lead!  She was unsure of the water at first, but instead of fighting about it, I let her follow Rey in.  Soon she was happy and comfortable enough to create HUGE splashes with her front hooves.  I swear she KNEW she was splashing Rey right in the face.  Reva really seemed to love the water!

Sorry the photos are such low quality.  We decided to use a waterproof disposable camera, since neither of us wanted to bring our phones or a real camera.  I actually had to get FILM developed!  What is that?  LOL!  ;-D  How old school, right?

Reva started splashing pretty quickly...!
Oh, I was laughing so hard.  She was very adamant in her splashing!  LOL!  Don't you LOVE my outfit!?
Lydia and Rey
I love her expression.  :-)
There are more pics here!  

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