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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 …

Snappy's First Show

Even though I had decided not to show in 2014, taking Dreamy out to one last dressage show made me miss the entire thing.  So, I decided to take Snappy to her very first horse show on October 11, 2014.

It was a perfect venue (local show grounds) and the perfect show (tiny little show that benefits a local Mustang rescue).  The classes were bigger than I had remembered from years past, but Snappy was still quite good.  She was perfectly behaved, had a super warm up, and acted like an old pro in the show ring.  She did NOT want to stand still in the line up and was not convinced that standing quietly in an in-hand class was a good idea, but that is easy stuff to work on.  

Snappy earned:
5th in Fitting and Showmanship out of 16
1st in Adult Walk/Trot out of six (her first ever riding class - I wanted to cry!)
3rd in Open Walk/Trot Equitation out of 11 (I was totally ok with the two adorable children who pinned higher than me LOL!!)
1st in Open Walk/Trot Command out of 9

I was SO HAPPY with her!  In our riding classes, we beat some horses who have been in walk/trot classes with adults (meaning horse and rider pairs who really need to/ought to move up to walk/trot/canter classes!!!!!!) for five+ years, so that was awesome.   I wish I wanted to continue showing in these type of classes, because it is so hilarious when an adult on a green horse beats the adults riding career walk trotters hahahahahaha.  And besides a tube of Gastroguard, she had ZERO drugs!  Drugging your horse to show seems to be the rage nowadays around here........

So anyways, Snappy's first show was a huge success and now I have a better idea what her brain will be like at future horse shows.  If I show her again, I plan to do dressage and eventing with her.


Getting glamorous the night before
The mare's first ever ribbon!!

Snappy's first show haul.  Not bad for testing the waters to see where her brain would be at a show! 
Hanging out at the trailer

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