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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 …

How many horses do you have? TOO MANY.

Yup, four mares.  Just too damn many!  LOL!  

*SIGH*  I didn't mean for this to happen.  Honest!  But I couldn't say no to Snappy, who needed a place to call home.  She spent six weeks at a local Standardbred farm, and I was very lucky that it was a great situation for us both.  But despite the fact that the farm is only a five minute drive from my house and the board was very reasonable, I just couldn't do it for the long haul.  Plus, I felt badly about staying any longer; they are not a "boarding" facility and I had originally asked about a 4-6 week stay to figure out what I was going to do...

So, I did what any horse crazy girl would do who has four horses and only three stalls!  I created a REDNECK stall for my older mare Sparky!  LOL!!!  This is where I previously kept my shavings, a few trunks, my wheelbarrow and Vermont hay cart.  She is soooo super good.  I didn't even take down the windchime.  She likes to bump it gently with her head while waiting to go out in the morning.....


NOT IMPRESSED
Who are you?  Meeting for the first time.  Sparky wonders why there is someone else in her stall...
Snappy realizes quite quickly that this establishment is no where NEAR the fancy barn I had her boarded at...
Buuuuuut, there is food.  So life is good..  Fat dirty mare!
 After a two week quarantine, which she was VERY unimpressed about, I gave in and put Snappy with Sparky.  They were doing this within minutes.


FEED US DINNER NOW, HUMAN.
Such a cutie! 
After the ridiculous amount of sn*w last weekend....




You can see all four mares!
Snappy impersonating a Saddlebred....LOL!
Clearly, I am insane.  But I am happy.  :-)  That counts for something, right???

Comments

  1. The wind chime story made me aww out loud.

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  2. LOL! Can you see it hanging in that first pic? It cracks me up. I forgot it was there, but then I didn't bother to take it down. She seriously bumps it gently with her head when she wants my attention. Smart mare.

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  3. So Dom recommended this blog, thank you! So happy for you that you got another! Being happy is all that matters! :) I am looking to get into more with my stb horse and board at a farm with all of the pieces for eventing! We just need to work on a few things and get out of the ring... which I plan to do this spring for some xc.

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  4. Makes me soooooo happy that you are happy.

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  5. I love that you have Snappy now! And that you can have 4, however insane it may be, is awesome. :D

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