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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 …

SMDA show #2 - June 10, 2012

Reva and I attended our second dressage show of the year back in June.  I am woefully behind in my blogging!!  Oh well!  Reva was again very well behaved.  We rode Intro A and B and she was a bit less tense through her back.  We had a good warm up and no bucking!  Yay!!  Overall, I am very pleased with how her relaxation improved, hence our scores!


Intro A - 68.2% and a 2nd place out of seven!
Yay!  We scored all 6.5s - 8s.  The 8 on our last centerline was pretty awesome.  The comment said "quite straight" and I was happy to see that since we have been struggling with straightness off the rail.  Our overall comment was "Well ridden.  Some unsteady connection today caused loss of elasticity to hand and curling neck."  That is spot-on, as Reva's biggest evasion seems to be curling her neck and getting behind the bit.  We are working SO hard on that right now.  In recent lessons she has really started to improve and keep a light connection with my hand, instead of lugging and getting sucked back and tight over her topline. 


Intro B - 65.7% and a 3rd place out of nine!
Yay again!  This time our scores were bunched from 6, 6.5, and 7.  This test is a bit more involved but I think it rides much smoother.  (I hate the walk movements in Intro A.)  We got a lot of "fairly good" and "steady" comments and the overall comment was, "Steady tempo!  Some transitions hollowed.  Work to help him reach for your hand rather than curl his neck."  Again, a very fair and accurate assessment.


Here are the professional pics.  



Comments

  1. She looks great! She looks nice and relaxed, plus her mane is so long and silky! I'm jealous!

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  2. Thank you! (And I just found your blog....OMG I'm hungry now! I am totally making those muffins!!!) :-)

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