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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 …

Day 4 - A ride that impacted your life

Obviously, my first riding lesson impacted my life the most, because without my parents FINALLY agreeing to let me ride horses, my life would not be the same at all!

But if I had to pick one ride, it would be the four days I spent riding at the World Equestrian Games in 2010.  (Warning: the linked blog post is long with tons of photos, but it is kinda fun to read about!)  It is definitely one of my most favorite horse memories and impacted my life in so many ways.  I shipped my horse myself all the way to KY which was crazy and gave me a huge confidence boost in driving my rig.  I met a ton of great people and enjoyed spending time with friends.  I got to RIDE MY HORSE AT WEG (yes, yes, it was just four riding demos, but still.  WEG.  It was WEG, people!)

We had to apply ahead of time to ride in the demo, and it certainly was an honor to be accepted.  It was a huge confidence boost to ship and ride my horse in such a faraway place.  Dreamy was absolutely perfectly behaved the entire time.  I could not have asked for a better mare and she just took everything in stride.  We made an overnight pit stop in New Jersey both on the way down and back home, we stayed at a friend's house near the horse park, we rode in a practice ride at the Red Mile, and then we spent four days at the actual horse park.  Being chosen and then riding at WEG was such a once-in-a-lifetime experience and something that I will probably never have a chance to do again.  

Our practice ride at the Red Mile before we arrived at the KY Horse Park the following day


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  1. another great post :) You have had some good experiences!! Mine seem lame after all yours HA!

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    1. Thank you! I have been lucky to have been given some amazing opportunities and I never back down from a challenge! I owe it all to my mare, Dreamy! She gave me many memorable times!

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  2. Oh man WEG is definitely on my list - how awesome to have gotten to actually ride in the event!!!!

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    1. It was awesome to be there, even if we weren't actually competing haha!

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