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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 3 - Your best riding

Hmmm...this is kind of a tough one.  I mean, I have won plenty of equitation classes before, but does that really constitute my "best riding"?  Would staying on a bucking horse count as my best riding?  I don't know exactly how I would define my best riding.

Honestly, sometimes my best riding has nothing to do with being judged or winning a ribbon.  I also don't think I can define my best riding by one moment in time.  

I lie.  Denny Emerson telling me "perfect" while schooling XC is obv my best riding hahaha!
I think my best riding is when I have either had a breakthrough with my horse on a difficult movement or when I have finally figured out how to be effective.  Generally the horse goes properly BECAUSE I have gotten my own act together.  

Imagine that!  
Sometimes I can get my act together and jump things without my leg being dumb (Dreamy)
I have been riding for nearly 33 years, but I am no where near professional.  I don't do everything perfectly.  It takes me longer to train my horses because sometimes I just can't get myself together, in order to get my horse together.  

Sometimes I remember how to actually look like a dressage rider (Dreamy again)
But that's OK!  Because this is just for fun, and I know I am overall a decent rider.  My best riding to me is when I am doing the best for my horse, so she can be her best.


I'd like to think my best riding is when I start with a first ever ride (Snappy here)...
And progress to a happy horse who can do fun things with me!

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