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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 …

Three Years

It would be remiss of me to let July 2 go by without a tribute to my first horse, who passed away three years to the day.  Sparky was the best first horse a girl could have.  I wrote about her here and her last photo shoot (the night before she was put down, though I did not realize it at the time) is here.

Fly high, sweet mare.  You are missed every day.  


Joydale Sparklerslas
June 5 ,1982 ~ July 2, 2014
My senior photo (1997)
Last photo of us together (2014)
~ same spot ~

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