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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 13 - A video of your horse/you riding

Here are a few fun memories caught on video I was lucky to share with Dreamy!

First, here is our first ever attempt at showing sidesaddle in a Training 3 test at the State of Maine Dressage Association show (used to be called Southern Maine Dressage) on August 4, 2013.  It was definitely NOT our best ever test and that stretchy trot circle at the rising trot at the end was super tough in a sidesaddle haha, but I am still glad we tried it. That summer I was doing well with her at First level, but I opted to try the sidesaddle at T3 (I guess I was a wimp LOL).  
Dreamy's Dressage Sidesaddle Showing Debut from Elizabeth Sanborn on Vimeo.


Next is our Standardbred demo from the 2013 Equine Affaire.  It was definitely neat to ride in the Coliseum!




And lastly, a funny little video of us jumping a little log in tandem with four other riders at the end of a foxhunt at Echo Ridge Farm back in November 2012.  Dreamy and I are on the far left.  Shutterfly won't let me embed it here (not my account), so you will have to click the link!

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  1. aw i LOVE that tandem log jump! there's a local hunter trial here that does pairs classes and i've wanted to do it so badly but it never seems to work out for us. maybe next year!

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    1. Pairs jumping would be fun!! Dreamy was never a fan of having horses too close to her (still cannot be turned out with ANYone and we all know how I fell off at the fox hunt...),so as you can see I stayed waaaay to the side on this tandem log jump haha! Dreamy would never have dealt with a pairs class, but Ellie would probably love it!

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  2. How does one do a rising trot in a sidesaddle? I had one for a short while and I A) only used it on my gaited horse and B) never tried rising.

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    1. It is the same as rising trot in an astride saddle, only you wish you were not doing it. It takes practice and it sucks lol!!! :-P

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  3. Sidesaddle? You are brave! That log jump looked like a lot of fun

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    1. Crazy, yes. Brave, ehhhh maybe! Hahaha! Dreamy has always been the horse I can do anything with, so we did! Definitely had a lot of fun before she had to be retired.

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