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New Horse, Who Dis?

If you happen to follow my Instagram, you may have seen a new photo yesterday of a horse that looks an awful lot like Ellie, but it isn't Ellie!

It's her momma!
Yes, it is true.  I now am the proud owner of Kennebec Rejoice, Ellie's dam.  To make a long story short, as Miss Gardiner, who owns Kennebec Morgan Farm, is now approaching 98 years old (!!!!), the managers have been placing the broodmares and selling the younger stock.  At this point, there are only three stallions left: Ellie's sire, who at age 25 will live out his days at the farm, a ten-year-old named Triple S Midnight, and a five-year-old named Kennebec Commander.  (So if you know anyone who wants a LOVELY breeding stallion, I can put you in touch!)
Most of the broodmares had been spoken for years ago by former employees and others who already own a Kennebec.  I had made it known that I would take in a broodmare if one needed a soft place to land.  One of the current farmworkers bought Rejoice this past spri…

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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