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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 …

New Beginnings for Miss Snappy

My regular readers probably remember Snap Dancer, the horse I trained under saddle and then won our first ever under saddle race in September.  Snappy had a disappointing last few starts in harness for her owner, and I knew her time was limited.  I worried and worried about Snappy, afraid she would be shipped or sent to an unknown fate.

As luck would have it, I was given the opportunity to have Snappy this winter.  She is boarded at a very nice Standardbred training barn here in my town and they are giving her impeccable care.  I have been grooming and working with her and she is so happy!  She seems to be sound and comfortable, which is important to me.  She was always such a "crabbypants" mare, but now after a week and a half she has started to show her true sweet side.  

I don't know why I got so attached so quickly to this horse.  She is just a special girl.  :-)


Gorgeous remodeled barn!

Happy!

Cute mare!

Taking a spin on the new track

Modeling her new halter and cooler

Snappy's little herd.  She is second from the right.

Oh, she loves to roll in her stall!  LOL!  That was fun to brush off!


Pretty!


Comments

  1. Yay for Snappy! :) Did they give her to you? Or are you just wintering her over?

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  2. She's cute :) I'm glad she's ending up in your hands.

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  3. Oh lucky Snappy! Gorgeous barn too...

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  4. Totally jealous of the pretty barn.

    Totally NOT jealous of your weather--I can see by your "outfit" that you've got much colder temps than we have here in the Swamp!

    Totally happy that you and Snappy are hanging out again. I know what you mean about cranky mares. They don't come any grouchier than my Dragon, and yet...I'm unduly fond of the big grump.

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  5. Aw, what a cutie! That barn looks gorgeous!

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