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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 …

Tuckaway Farm Fox Hunt

Dreamy and I had our second fox hunt on Oct. 20, 2012 at Tuckaway Farm in Lee, NH, which is where the hunt's kennels are located.  It was a great day!  After such an awesome first hunt, I knew I had to go back!  Sadly, I had many Saturday commitments this year, including a rigorous fellowship/graduate class that kept from hunting as much as I would have liked.  But I am still happy that I had a few free Saturdays!

They did not have a Hilltop field at this hunt, since it was a smaller group of riders, so I got to ride in Second Field the entire hunt.  I was really pleased about this, because I was sort of dreading the idea of being stuck in Hilltop.  Dreamy was fantastic the entire hunt and we were very comfortable the entire time.  We rode towards the back (there were two horses behind us) so we got to pick and choose our jumps.  We ended up jumping everything anyway, including a a three foot+ coop that didn't look that big until we were literally in mid-air.  I was like, "Oh crap!"  LOL!!  Dreamy jumped it fine, but I don't regularly jump her over 2'9" and I try to limit the number of times we jump per week/month.   I really don't like overjumping my old girl, but come to think of it, I don't like when anyone jumps ANY horse too much.  

Anyway, best quote of the day... We had the stirrup cup right after the line of coops, the last one being that 3 footer.  While relaxing, I remarked on the height of it, and a fellow hunter said, "Yeah, but you ride Training level though, right? " implying that three feet is not really that high at that level.  (Training level is 3'3").

Uhhhhhhhh...no we ride Beginner Novice I told her!  LMAO!!  WHOOPS!  :-D

Tacking up - far left
Headed out to the field



Such a gorgeous day!



One of the first holds - let me eat grass!

Another hold - Dreamy loves watching the hounds work! 
Another hold - it was SO MUGGY!  You can see the horse's steaming. 

Dreamy knows the hounds are over the hill.   

Stirrup cup!





End of the hunt!  And it is a good thing, because the sun came out and it got hot very quickly!



You KNOW it was a good hunt when your boots look like this afterward!  :-D

Comments

  1. The hunts look like so much fun!!! Glad that you guys had a great ride and a nice big jump to finish the day off :)

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  2. Neat pictures - that looks so fun! Is there any horse sport that you and Dreamy haven't done? :-) She is so versatile!

    PS - I like the bridle with the wider noseband - nice!

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