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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 15 - If you could speak to any horse, dead or alive, what would you say?

I would tell my first horse Sparky how much I appreciate her.  She was the best first horse I could have asked for, and she deserves to know.
One of my senior photos - 1997

For Dreamy, I would thank her for all of the wonderful opportunities she has given to me.  We literally have done everything together, and she always trusted me every step of the way. 
Our first time going BN and we were clear!
Snappy is the tough one for me.  I would tell her I am sorry.  I am sorry I couldn't save her.  I did the best I could for her, but she was in so much pain at the end. Maybe had I been able to watch her in pain and wait for a longer amount of time, because perhaps the medication would have eventually worked, she would still be alive.  But my biggest fear was watching her suffer for any longer than necessary.  I regret not being able to save her and I feel as though this will haunt me forever.

Our first dressage show, first ever dressage test!
And, oh Ellie.  What would I tell Ellie?  Since I have only known her for ten and a half weeks, I would tell her it is ok to trust me.  That is silly in a way, because I know she will eventually and building trust takes time.  Yet, I can see how much easier it will be once we have that trust firmly established.  

The day I bought her, right before I loaded her on my trailer


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  1. This is so interesting to think about! I am sure Snappy knows you did your very best and that your decisions resulted from love and mercy <3

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  2. aww this makes me sad but so sweet. You have had some great horses! :)

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  3. I’m sure she knows you did everything you could. The best thing we can do is say goodbye before they suffer.

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