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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 …

Beach Ride!

I had a wonderful beach ride on January 6, 2013!  We ride at Pine Point Beach in Scarborough, ME, which is open from October 15 to May 1, as long as you pay for a $2o permit (you can sort of see the permit number on my back in a few of the photos).  I decided to bring Snappy, since she has been to the beach numerous times to train in the winter (harness folks love the good footing to train in the winter months!) and I thought it would be fun to go out and about with her for the first time.  I went with horse friends Tania, her dad Craig, and Molly.  We had a great day!!

Gorgeous photo of Snappy (left) on the beach a few years back, taken by my friend Katie Flaherty and used with her  complete permission!  See more of her work here.

Clearly, Snappy was wild and uncontrollable when we arrived.  ;-)  And I don't know why my saddle pad is so far forward.  Uhhhh, ignore me??  LOL!
We are on the right.  My friend Molly with her horse JP and her dog on the left. 



I was trying to take a photo...had to put my glove in my mouth.  LOL!




 
Same pier from Snappy's jogging photo in the beginning!  :-)
Headed home!  Snappy was absolutely perfect.  She is a brave and levelheaded mare!

Comments

  1. So cool that you and Snappy are getting out and about. I adore that first photograph. Such beautiful lighting!

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  2. How awesome. I love riding on the beach. Its great fun.

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  3. Awesome!! Beach riding is so much fun.!!

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  4. Wow, what a fantastic little mare!
    Also, wouldn't it be challenging to drive a cart on the beach? I'm probably displaying my ignorance here, but wouldn't you sink a little?

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  5. Wow, I've missed a lot on your blog recently! Snappy is adorable and sounds like a great little mare.

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  6. How fun!! A beach ride in the winter...

    Snappy is great girl!

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