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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 …

Plans and Goals for 2016

Well, nothing like catching up your very outdated blog to the present time in just 22 posts! LOL!  Things have surely changed since 2013, and I have to say I could not be happier with the changes. Though had you told me three years ago that I would be where I am now, I would have NOT believed it at all!  But life has a funny way of working out and sometimes we need to go through bad times in order to get to the good stuff. 

I was able to ride again six weeks after the little guy was born.  When I say ride, what I really mean is plod around the field trying not to fall off LOL!  My core muscles were pretty much non existent.   
First ride post baby!
Right now, not much is going on with the mares.  We had an unusually warm December which left us with lots of mud, and I was able to hop on and toddle around the yard and fields with them.  Then things froze up and left us with ice!  There is some snow, but the ice is making it tough to ride right now.  It's really not a huge difference that any other winter, where I ride sporadically and wish I had an indoor (haha), but having taken 2015 off from riding is making me super eager to get back into the swing of it all.

This was the BEST December in Maine, ever!
Oh, hello baby!
In the past, I have made a list of goals and plans and calendars, with shows on nearly every weekend.  To be truthful, I am not 100% sure what it is I want to do right now.  A few things I do know for sure are that Dreamy is essentially retired from the show ring and I have no idea what Snappy might be capable of as a show horse LOL!  I don't think I want to do any pleasure ring show, for various reasons, so I think I am going to focus on only dressage and eventing instead.  Maybe Snappy can try a few foxhunts in the fall.  I don't know yet.  

I used to feel such a need to show and prove myself.  I think it was because I was so unhappy with my (personal) life that I needed validation in other ways.  Some people drink excessively, some people cheat on their spouses, but I hit the show ring LOL!!  I guess there are worse things.  I do want to show, but I don't feel that deep need to be gone every single weekend and earn lots of ribbons to make myself feel better about my life.  That's a GOOD thing.  I still have a fierce competitive streak, but it's different now.  And I also want to balance my horse show time with my husband's fairs.  He enjoys pulling his cattle as much as I love to show, so we will find a good mix of venues and dates that ensures we both get to do what we love.

In the meantime, I will keep obsessively writing down show dates and dreaming about warm early spring days to start getting all of us back into shape!  :-)

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