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Ellis River Riders Versatility Trail Challenge - July 25, 2020

So you need a little background before I talk about this trail challenge thing! Throughout 2020, I put some time and effort into riding Ellie's dam, Rejoice. She never had consistent training when she was younger and then she spent several years just being a broodmare, so while I did not (and still do not) have any lofty goals for this mare, I did want to enjoy her as a pleasure horse. Mostly because she is safe and sweet and seems to enjoy getting out and about.  she is the BEST trail horse and will go anywhere I ask! being all majestic, I guess But when I first started riding her the fall of 2019, I realized I had my work cut out for me LOL! She didn't understand my seat, she was used to being completely ridden off her face/bit (owner just before me rode her in a tie-down/draw rein combo), and had zero half halt. Like we called it a 1/16th halt haha. early April 2020 I took my time, reminded her about how inside leg to outside rein works, and never used any devices on her. I

Sparky's Last Photos

When I made the appointment with my vet to put down my old sweet mare, I called my childhood friend, A, who is a talented photographer.  We grew up together riding at the same barn, she had known me before Sparky, and was a huge part of my horsey life for many years.  

We made an evening date of July 1 to take what I thought would be amazing final photos of my girl.  Unbeknownst to both of us, I ended up having to put Sparky down the very next morning, so it was such a perfect evening in so many ways.

I could never thank A enough for these photos.  I cherish each and every one of them.


Senior photo (left) 1997
Last photo of us together (right) 2014
~ same spot ~



She looked so good, it was hard to come to terms with the idea that I had to put her down.  








Being the horse savvy friend she is, A was wise enough to take photos of how Sparky stood.  She knew that while I might not be able to look at these specific photos immediately, it would help if I should ever doubt I had made the right choice.  This mare's hind end was literally giving out on her.  And I DID NOT want her to go down and never be able to get up again.









Begging for more carrots, Sparky in the back and Snappy in the foreground 

Dreamy shared the carrots, too

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  1. Such beautiful photos - she was obviously well loved!

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  2. Thank you, Kelly! She was the BEST horse ever, and the BEST first horse a girl could ask for! :-)

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  3. Amazing photos - how nice that your friend was able to get some many good (amazing!) shots for you as a memory of your special girl.

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