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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 …

Team Penning Clinic 2013

Dreamy and I had another chance to play with cows this year at the 2013 team penning clinic hosted by the Central Maine Team Penning Association on May 18.  I wrote about it here last year.  My friend Shelly came with me this time, and she brought her new project, a palomino QH gelding.  We both had a great day and the horses were awesome!  I really hope I can make time to compete at a CMTPA show this year!


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This is Shelly's project horse.  He was super good and very happy to hang with Dreamy all day! 
Does this saddle make my butt look big?
Cute face, weird angle.  Her neck is not that skinny, promise!   
Wild pony!
Dreamy likes being a cow pony!

The professional pics are here.

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