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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 …

What a spring!

Whew!  What a spring!  Obviously I lost interest in blogging for a bit...whoops!  It got warm and I started spending alllllll my free time in the barn!!  So much has been going on and I wish I had just kept up with writing, but oh well!


I put the mares back into spring conditioning work the first weekend in March.  I followed a pretty typical legging up program...two weeks at the walk for 20 minutes a day at the walk, building up to 30.  Then three weeks of walk and trot for 30 minutes, building up to an hour.  And then three weeks at walk, trot, canter, building up to an hour+.


Of course, I meant to blog all about it, but yeah.....you can see how that turned out.  Basically I rode both mares each day for 5-6 days a week and they gained back muscle and fitness quite well!  Dreamy was in great shape for her first show of the year, a combined test on April 15.  (More on that later, promise!)  Reva had some unexpected time off (more on that later too!!), but she is looking great now and we are gearing up for her first show of the year this weekend.


To make up for the lack of posts, here is some photo spam from my iPhone!  LOL!


The start of conditioning, Dreamy, March 2012
Reva, March 2012
An early spring trail ride, Dreamy and the best dog ever (Lucy)
The snow finally melts!
Beach Ride!!!  April 2012 
Reva is sidelined for a bit...more on that later :-(
Early morning April ride with Reva!

Comments

  1. Glad to have you and the ponies back in the blogosphere, gal.

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  2. Sounds like you've been very busy! I wish I had the time to ride that much each week.

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