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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 …

NaBloPoMo Day #15

Day #15 - Any special tricks my horse knows


None of my three mares know any tricks.  I have thought about teaching them to bow, but I never really followed through with it.  I guess I am not really a trick type of person.  My horses are not circus acts.  ;-)  Asking my horses to do tricks feels as though I am degrading them.


I do have a funny story about tricks though.  When I first got Sparky years ago, I found out by accident that she had been taught how to "beg" for treats.  As her eleventh owner in her ten years of life, it did not surprise me that someone along the line taught her a trick.  I was about to feed her a treat but got sidetracked talking to someone (I think it was my mother).  Sparky was on crossties and knew I had the treat.  She ended up raising her foreleg and "begging" for the treat.  I remember laughing and finding it super funny.  I tried it again, and she lifted her foreleg again.  I never did it too much, but every once in a while I would ask for her to "beg".  I know I did it much more when I was younger, and would often show new people how my horse "knew a trick". 

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