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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 #23

Day #23 - Any competing I do with my horse


I love to show and any regular readers of my blog know I do a lot of competing.  Dressage shows, open pleasure shows, three and two phase events, versatility challenges, I love them all.  I have shown at schooling shows, USDF rated shows, "AA" rated shows and everything in between.  I have shown all over New England and have gone to New Jersey for the last four years to attend the National Standardbred Show.  I don't need to bore you with all the details of all the many places I have shown!


In many ways, showing helps motivate me.  My tack is cleaner when I show too!  LOL!  ;-)  Being at home with no one to ride with (unless I make specific plans) can be difficult to keep focused.  It is too easy to take a day off from riding if I am tired and no one is there encouraging me to ride with them, so knowing I have to prepare for a show helps keep me motivated to ride six days a week.  I like having challenges and setting goals with my horses.  But simply making training goals are not enough for my competitive nature.  I like to show in order to test our training and of course ribbons are FUN!  ;-)  But showing for me is also a social opportunity.  The camaraderie and silly memories are just as much fun as winning a ribbon. 


Now, I do want to say that I have nothing against those who chose to not show for any variety of reasons.  Showing is not the "be all, end all" in terms of horses.  I respect people who do not show just as much as those who do.  If enjoying your horse without showing is what makes you happy, GO FOR IT!  :-)  I just know for me personally I would not be happy without showing at least a few times a year.  I don't think that showing defines who a person is.  Of course, I like sharing my successes here on my blog and posting pics, etc. etc.  But does that make me a better horseman?  No way!  But of course, this is all my opinion and I am sure there are others out there who disagree.  That is OK!  I just wanted to make it clear that just because I love to show does not mean I look down upon anyone who does not.


Reva's first show ~ May 2011
Ribbons from Dreamy's first show ~ August 2006
My first show with Sparky (and our first blue ribbon!) ~ York County Riders 1994

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