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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 …

Monogram all the things!

I have been LUSTING over this saddle plate monogram from Swanky Saddle Co. and look it at every so often on my Pinterest board.  I try not to be crazy about monogramming all the things, but I have been wanting a saddle plate for my new (to me) dressage saddle.  Because of its large cantle, I thought a regular saddle plate like I have used in the past might look strange, so this larger roundish monogram seemed perfect.  Also, I have a weird thing about loving silver colored plates on black tack and brass on brown LOL!


I LOVE how it looks on my saddle!  It was a bit of a pain to attach, but I used a tiny drill bit to get the holes started and then the tiny nails went right in.   


While perusing the Swanky Saddle Co. website, I found these cute brush monogram stickers, so I added two to my cart in the color "moss".  Somehow I ended up being sent four, two in moss and two in emerald, so that was a fun surprise.  Now that I see the colors in person as opposed to the computer screen, I think if I order more I would go with hunter green.  Honestly, I am not sure why I didn't do the dark hunter green in the first place LOL!  But heck, I still think they are super cute no matter what green they are!  I put them on my show brushes because I figured that way they won't get quite as much wear and tear as my every day brushes.  
Now with the cute monogram, the black marks on my dandy brush is more irritating than ever LOL!

Comments

  1. Cute! Especially love how fancy the brushes look now.

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  2. oh man, i've always wanted one of those saddle name plates too - it looks so classy on the high dressage cantle!!

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