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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 #9

Day #9 - My horse's social life

All three of my horses are completely different when it comes to how they interact with other horses.  It is kind of funny; I have the social butterfly, the loner, and the easygoing friend-with-everyone horse.  LOL!

Reva is a social butterfly.  She loves people, she loves other horses, and would probably enjoy more of a social life, if only I had the right horses to turn her out with.  Right now, everyone is turned out alone, with smaller mud dirt paddocks and larger grass pastures.  Reva likes everyone, but Dreamy would beat her up and Sparky is just too old to really have a turn out buddy who is 5 years old.  Once in a while this summer, for short periods of time, I would put Reva and Sparky together to graze.  They both loved it.  But Sparky would very obviously get tired of Reva moving around SO much, so I would put them back into their respective spaces.

Dreamy never learned how to play with others in kindergarten.  She was (probably) not turned out much as a 2 and 3 year old racehorse, and then she became a baby making machine, only turned out with her foal.  So she has never learned the manners appropriate to having a social life.  She kicks the living snot out of everyone I have tried to turn her out with!  Dreamy has always been a bit of a loner, whether that is her natural personality or just has become her personality due to her lack of interactions.  The only horse Dreamy has ever really taken a shine to is McKeever, my friend Shelly's gelding.  McKeever has his own bad manners at times, having been gelded late in life.  However the two of them are in love, and we often refer to them as an old married couple.  They have traveled many, many miles together in the horse trailer and stabled together at many shows and events.  They actually get along great, and I bet they could even be turned out together if the situation ever presented itself.
Sparky has been turned out with many horses over the past (almost) 19 years I have owned her.  She gets along with everyone and she hates being left alone.  She has been at the bottom of the pecking order, the top, and in between.  Her best buddy was my grandfather's Standardbred Volo.  They were seriously two-peas-in-a-pod.  The best turnout for her was when I briefly boarded her back at the farm where she was born; she was turned out with her mother and full sister.  That was a pretty neat experience, because based on the way she acted with her dam (also called we called them "Sparky Sr." and "Sparky Jr." LOL!) it was clear that they remembered each other.  At almost 30 years old, Sparky has earned the right to her own space.  I think she enjoys having her own paddock/pasture and loves to stand close to Reva with a fence between them.