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NEJA Winter Schooling Jumper Show - April 25, 2021

Our final NEJA show in their winter series was at the end of April. On a whim, I decided to kick it old school and wear my rust breeches and navy coat. I definitely got a few "looks" from some of the HJ crowd, but it was worth being the weirdo eventer girl haha. It was a gorgeous spring day and our rounds were all excellent. Rejoice really seems to enjoy her newfound jumper pony status and powered around like she knew what she was doing haha.  My goals for the day were to win the ground poles speed class by taking a sneaky route someone's trainer would not approve of again haha like I did at the March show and to remember my jump off round like I did NOT do at the March show! Though there wasn't a super sneaky route to take in the ground poles class, I made sure to set her up for tight turns and rollbacks. We did win the class out of nine riders! Whoot! Our speed cross rails was also a good class, with Rejoice willing to listen to half halts, turn on a dime, and also

Just because...

The other day I had to walk out into Dreamy's pasture for something.  She was eating hay on the far side of her paddock (which opens up into said pasture).  She spotted me and marched right over in order to follow me all the way out in the pasture.  


I gave her a scratch on her neck, she watched what I was doing, and then she followed me back into her paddock.   It was just so cute.

I know that is not a big deal, but for Dreamy it is.  Not only did she leave her hay pile to be with me, but it was so cute how she just wanted to see what I was up to.  It was like she wanted to be with me just because.  

When I first got her back in 2003, she was very aloof and kind of indifferent to people...not in a rude way, just in a very uninterested way.  When I started riding her in 2006, she started to become more friendly, but it really has not been until the last year or so that she is really showing an attachment to me.


It is moments like that where I completely fall in love with horses all over again.  Dorky, I know, but when they show me they care more about me than just the fact that I feed them, I confess it makes me that horse crazy six year old little girl all over again.  :)

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  1. Horses are wonderful. Many years ago, one of my horses not only left his feed, but came out into the driving rain to drive off dogs that were attacking me. Kippen my Highland Pony who simply lives for food, is quite happy to spend a quiet hour or so spending time with me and with no food involved. It's hard to explain this sort of thing to non-horse people and even to some horse people.

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  2. I wish you could see me: grinning like a fool.

    :-)

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