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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 …

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

Comments

  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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