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Recapping 2019

I had many great horsey experiences in 2019!  I am really pleased with how the year went overall; nothing is ever perfect, but both horses are sound, happy, and healthy, which is really what matters to me.

Some of my 2019 goals were met easily or with lots of hard work, and a few of them were utter fails haha.  C'est la vie! Let's recap!

Happy, health, sound
Both mares are doing well in this regard!  Dreamy will be 29 this year, and while she definitely shows signs of her age at times, she overall looks and acts much younger than she really is!  Ellie has really matured this year, filling out as well as mentally becoming more comfortable in her own skin.  As she will be eight this year, I feel like we have moved through the baby phase.

Continue lessons with Beth and Babette
This goal was met and then some!  I took almost weekly dressage lessons with Beth and monthly jump lessons with Babette. Thanks to the Morgan Dressage Association scholarship, I was also able to attend two clini…

Stifle that inner tack ho...or not!

Having a new horse means my inner tack ho comes out full force.  I am trying my best to subdue the desire to buy all the things.  

Granted, beyond the new halter and flymask, my saddles, bridles, and most tack will not only fit Ellie, but I am totally planning to use it all anyway because I love it and I'm not a millionaire LOL.  The Stubben jump saddle looks to be a good fit already and my fitter is coming out this weekend to readjust my dressage saddle from Snappy's settings to whatever Ellie will need for now.  Just kidding, totally went back to a Stubben dressage saddle this week and the DK is for sale.  The Stubben did arrive safely last Thursday and it is PERFECT!!  More on that later!  *sigh*  That damned DK needs to sell!

Also, Ellie's current work bridle was originally Sparky's show bridle, then Dreamy's show bridle, then Snappy's work bridle (it was becoming worn out at 22 years old LOL and I bought Snappy a nice new show bridle last year), and now it is Ellie's work bridle.  I changed out her Dark Jewel Design browband from Snappy's custom race colors to a light grey strand for now.  Most of my custom browbands were not made for a specific horse, just for a specific XC outfit or whatnot, so besides Snappy's personal strand, Ellie can wear all the rest.  I am SURE she will need a new one bought just for HER at some point, but thankfully Amelia is on a short break due to a move, so I am forced to not make a rash decision on new browband strands LOL!

I kept forgetting to measure her or try on the blankets I have (maybe because summer has returned and it has been 80* plus around here with 90+% humidity! GROSS), but I finally had a fashion show the other night to see if my ridiculously large collection of blankets, sheets, and cooler in the 70-72" size range of blankets will work.  I just tried four different ones, but they all fit fine, so she should be all set.  I really am glad because I didn't want to have to buy more because I like what I have now!  Though I did totally forget I had bought this adorable brand new sheet from Shires in 2016, so Ellie decided it was saved just for her! Of course, she plans to eventually take up fox hunting someday like her barnmate, Dreamy! Hahaha!

BUT, as I was organizing the tack room the weekend Ellie came home, I found I had FOUR custom saddle pads with either Snappy or Snap Dancer embroidered on them.  They are all nice pads and there is no rational reason why I cannot use them, but as we know, I am not exactly in a rational state of mind.  I just can't put Snappy's name on someone else.  I washed them all and put them aside for now.  So that meant that OBVIOUSLY Ellie needed her own pads.  I seem to have plenty of dressage work pads but nothing I liked for AP pads, I bought her a white/grey pad with her name.  Because obviously she needed it!  ;-)

I kind of wish the silver crown and grey name matched better, but oh well!
And I also bought her a white/teal pad that I have been wanting anyway, because I saw that If The Bonnet Fits had a random "Kennebec" fly bonnet (seems that two other local Maine Kennebec Morgan owners bought them and somehow the owner of ITBF accidentally made an extra...).  So of course, I totally justified the new teal pad because it would match the bonnet.  Ellie wanted to be like her two big brothers who already wear theirs! 

I was going to wait on a show halter, but holy moly, I saw halters from Enter at A on Facebook and they are so gorgeous!  
Not what I bought, but this pic lead me to buy Ellie's halter.  Tiffany blue/teal is my favorite color and I slightly regret going with hunter green for my farm color instead of Tiffany blue/teal.  *swoon*
I ended up ordering one for Ellie with her registered name and sire-dam in black with green padding.  It is such a super nice handmade halter that she can use for showing!  I love buying nice things that I know will last for years and years!

Lastly, I ordered her a stall plate from Dover, because for whatever reason, I have had one of these for every horse I have owned since 1993 when I first got Sparky, so Ellie needed her own.  It was so hard to see Snappy's still on her stall, but it was even harder to remove it.  I waited to remove Snappy's until Ellie's arrived, and I put it up the other night.  

Along with receiving her registration papers with my name on it the other day, I guess it is really official!  She's all mine!  ;-)


  1. You have to shop for a new horse. It's a rule. :D
    I love everything but that halter- I want to steal it!

    1. I agree, it is totally a rule!! Isn't that halter amazing?!? I definitely spent way too much on it, but it was seriously calling my name. It is lovely and will last this mare for her entire show career!

  2. It's the little things! I always feel like a new horse needs and deserves their own stuff. Arya is inheriting some hand-me-downs from her sister, but some things... I can't bring myself to reuse some of Foxie's things, either. I have been scheming some similar items to make my barn more "mine"... I'm off to go stare at halters :D

    1. Yes, happy to help a fellow tack ho haha! And sharing items that were once used by our deceased horses is so hard.

  3. i love all the new personalized stuff - esp that halter!!! Ellie definitely needs a new DJD browband too ;)

  4. So many pretty things! I am very tempted to get one of those halters.. ;)

    1. They are worth every penny! I had to save a bit for it and had been planning to buy one for Snappy..... :-(

  5. That green padding looks so classy!!

    1. I am also happy that green goes with her coloring because otherwise WHAT WOULD I DO (the horror, the horror!)

  6. It can be so much fun outfitting a new horse! The halter is gorgeous. It looks so good on her. And I'm hopefully going to be reopening in just another week or so. I'm just waiting for the last of the furniture that I need to be moved so I can set up my studio space. :)


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