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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 Final Pics - Area I SHT Champs

First, let me say thank you for all of your support and love.  It is not easy to make the decision to end a horse's life, and even though I know it was the right thing to do, it still hurts so much.  Snappy was also well loved in the Maine harness racing community, so her death affected many others beyond me.  So many people remember Snappy as the "little mare with the big heart" because she was a scrappy and gutsy mare on the track.  Snappy's little Facebook page is full of kind words and memories from those folks.

I messaged Snappy's former harness trainer's wife the morning it happened, because I wanted them both to know directly from me.  I also messaged her previous owner's wife, Cindy, who I have never met, and she has been so kind.  She's not a horse person, but she shared with me that she is the one who named Snap Dancer when she was born.  Her husband, Bruce, who gave Snappy to me, is now suffering from dementia/Alzheimer's from what I understand, so I cannot reach out to him directly.  I sent her several photos of Snappy from her life with me, which she showed her husband and she said while he cannot speak any longer, the photos did hold his attention.  I hope they all know how much I loved this old mare.  

I am very fortunate to have had my friend Rachel with me at Championships, as I knew I would want photos of our last event together.  She did a great job capturing each phase.  This was also one of the only events I have done with Snappy that had a professional photographer, and so of course, I am a sucker and bought all of the pics she took!  It was worth it!  All the pics with the Spotted Vision watermark in the corner are used here with purchase, while all other pics are by Rachel. 

You can read about our final event here and my tribute to this great mare here.




Our comment here on the free walk was "not enough stretch".  Welp, that's fine, but for Intro Freaking A, I think it looks acceptable!






























You can see she was sore. :-(




Comments

  1. Gosh she looks so happy, I'm so glad you got to have this experience with her to top off a wonderful partnership!

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  2. Such beautiful photos. I love your smiles in them!

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  3. Beautiful photos. What a great way to remember her.

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  4. What a good girl. You both look so happy in the pictures.

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  5. Beautiful photos - what great memories to have of your great mare. So sorry to hear that she is gone.

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  6. So many great photos to remember her by!

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