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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 …

I need a RING!!!

OK, so I have been dealing now for 5 years without a ring. FIVE YEARS is a LONG time. I have had to ride on the back lawn. It is small and has trees on it, so therefore it is less than ideal. I also take down part of a fence (yes, every night) so that I can ride in part of the pasture. It is hilly and rocky. Again, less than ideal.


This spring I have been doing a lot of canter work with Dreamy, which is churning up the lawn enough to make a dirt track around the perimeter. Previous years the grass held up OK. So now S is complaining about how I anm ruining the lawn.


Well, my response? Yeah you guessed it...."Then BUILD ME A RING!"




It is not like we do not have the equipment. S can cut and yard the trees with his chainsaw and skidder, he can stump with the backhoe, and he can bring in sand with the dumptruck. We will make money on the trees to pay for the sand.


UGGGG. I used to jokingly say, "Wow I do so well in competition without a ring. Imagine how much better I could do with one to work in every day!" That joke is so old. When you are riding a horse who has a hard time balancing (at the canter) it makes NO sense to ride her on an area that is completely unlevel.


There. I feel better. Still no ring, but it felt good to complain. ;-)

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