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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 …

Another blog award!

Thanks to Kate over at Riding from the Ground Up for bestowing blog award to me!  Yay!  This one is called the One Lovely Blog award.  I love sharing these (sort of silly, admit it) awards with my little blogging community.  It is good fun and it is almost like winning ribbons!  LOL!!  ;-D




I am supposed to tell you seven things about myself and chose 15 blogs to share this award with. 


1. I try really hard to not be the "mean old English teacher" in all facets of my life.  ;-)


2. I despise anything remotely related to being domestic.  My only domestic quality is that I live in a house!  ;-)  I routinely wish I had a housewife who would do all that cooking, cleaning, and laundry awfulness for me.  UGGG!  My barn is always cleaner than my house.


3. I am way too competitive for my own good.  But I do have sportsmanship and can win humbly and lose gracefully. 


4.  I can be too honest at times, which can get me into trouble.  


5.  I have a Puritan work ethic and have to remember not to burn myself out.  Saying no is hard to do.  I also sometimes hold others to a higher ethical standard than they hold themselves and it stresses me out.


6. I am easily frustrated by parents who lie for their children.  They need to make their little cherubs own up to their poor choices and not blame others.


7. I can be quiet, which leads others to sometimes think I am snobby.  That is the FURTHEST thing from the truth!  If you don't like me, you definitely don't know me.  :-)


And the 15 blogs I will award this to:


1. G is for Greta
2. The Polka Dot Periodical
3. The Adventures of Lucy
4. Memoirs of a Horse Girl
5. We are Flying Solo
6. Haiku Farm
7. Hopeful Jumpers
8. Born to Trot
9. A Horse and a Half
10 Now That's A Trot
11. Horses of Follywoods
12. Sprinkler Bandit
13. Green 'n Green = Black 'n Blue
14. Slow and Steady Wins the Race
15. Live to Ride

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