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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 #4

Day 4 - My horse's favorite thing to do

Well, this is a hard one.  Just because I think my horse "likes" to do something does mean I am correct!  LOL!  ;-)  But I will make my best guess.


Reva
I would have to say that Reva's favorite thing to do is to be the center of attention and go fast!  She is a complete "pocket pony" without being rude or pushy.  She ADORES people.  I have seriously never been around a horse who loves people as much as she does.  She follows me around any chance she gets, she will stand forever to be brushed and scratched, and she will leave her grain to give me smooches.  I think it is pretty impressive for a horse to leave her GRAIN just to love on her human.  :-D


The other thing she does appear to love to do is go fast!  She loves to self exercise in her field, running and leaping up the big hill, bucking and farting around her hay pile, and then speeding back down the hill to start again.  She is playful and enjoys acting like a kid!  (Well, she is only 5, so I suppose this is to be expected.)  She seems to like learning new things under saddle, but the one thing she is pretty sure she ought to do if be FAST.  Her trot is super fast but she is learning how to respond to half halts so I am not constantly having to "rate" her speed.  I think she enjoyed showing saddleseat this year for just that reason...I let her trot faster than I do when she is going hunt seat or dressage.


Dreamy
Dreamy's favorite thing to do is probably grazing and trail riding.  I think she enjoys showing to a point, but I also think she much rather be home relaxing.  Trail riding on the buckle or cantering along the trails seems to be when she is most relaxed and happy.  And I think Dreamy would enjoy a 50+ acre field of lush grass...she has about an acre to graze on and a smaller dirt paddock (all to herself), but she sometimes gets into moods where she will break through the fence (!!!!) to graze on the lawn.  Arg!  She has been doing this lately and it drives me nuts!  LOL!


Sparky
Sparky seems to love her stall, relaxing in the sunshine, and eating cookies!  She always preferred driving to riding, but now she is mostly retired.  She never used to like being groomed and fussed over, but I have noticed in the last few months she is enjoying grooming much more.  Maybe she misses the more frequent attention she used to have when she was in constant work.  It has now been five years since she was retired from the show ring.  But Sparky's favorite thing is treats!  She loves horse cookies and I feed each mare a "Rounder" cookie after chores while they are eating their grain in their stalls.  Sparky has me trained; she will stand and wait at her door for her treat each night.  :-)

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