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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 26 - Biggest riding pet peeve

This is sort of a tough one!  There isn't much about riding that truly peeves me, because I just work hard and try to do the best I can for my horses.  One thing that does drive me kinda nuts when it rains what feels like every single day in the fall and my "ring" (aka, a flat corner of the turnout paddock/field) turns to slippery mud.  It dries out fine in the spring and summer, but once it turns colder, it just doesn't dry out well.  It's just a bummer because there is nothing I can do about it.  Eventually, I will have enough money saved up for a real ring with fantastic drainage!  Until then, I'm just patient and creative about where I ride (and cursing the rain, under my breath haha)!

I don't post pics of my kids much on social media, but these are just too darn cute not to share!  We were doing turn in and the mares always get a cookie each before we go back inside.  

Ellie: Oh, hi tiny friend!  I see you have cookies!
Ellie: I like you and your truck, too!
Dreamy: Do you have more cookies, kid?

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    1. Thank you! The 13 year old is just outside the frame, because he is not into photographs lately lol!!

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  2. Your children are adorable. The rain certainly puts a damper on things :)

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    1. Thank you! The 13 year old fed treats and was like, "Uhhh, I don't want to be in the photos!" Teenager boys are strange beings LOL! ;-)

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  3. Ahh! Your critters love your kids too!

    I love watching them all interact. It's so cool, especially when the horses know where the kids stand in the herd order and respect that.

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    1. They do love them! And yes, even though I am SO careful, it is super cute to see them interact. My horses have always been so patient with the kids. I bet yours are too!

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  4. aww the horses are so gentle with him!

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    1. They LOVE him! Ellie thinks he is the coolest kid ever and loves his toy tractors. I think she'd like to play with the toys too! Dreamy mostly just wants him to feed her more cookies LOL! ;-)

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  5. Goodness, so much cute! Rain is the woooorst. I'm pretty sure the people who built my ring didn't put a base on it (really?!) but I'm still going to feverishly drag it until we freeze again so maybe it will freeze as a flat surface, and try to be thankful I have a sandbox at all :)

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    1. Yeah, the fall seems to be super rainy the last few years, which is a bummer. My ring fund is not quite big enough yet, so I have to be patient! You are lucky to have something even if it is not perfect for sure! :-)

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