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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 19 - A discipline you would like to do that you’ve never done before

For this post, I would definitely have to say playing polo.  I have tried so many disciplines that I really think this is the only one left anyway (haha), plus it seems like it would be fun despite the fact I would be terrible at it!  Olivia at DIY Horseownership played in college, which seems like a good way to try it.  There is a polo club down at Myopia, but I am 100% sure I will never have a chance to get involved, because that's for people who actually have a clue.  If there is ever a polo clinic in the area, I might give it a shot, but otherwise it is one of those random dreams.

I guess I could also add endurance, calf roping, cowboy mounted shooting, and TB racing to my list of disciplines I have never done before.  But none of those truly interest me to do myself.

So what disciplines have I tried?  Let's have a fun photo dump, because it kinda amazes me. I tried to mark the ones I have only done with one certain horse, despite the fact I used mostly Dreamy pics.

Dressage



Eventing


Hunter Under Saddle


Hunter Over Fences


In-Hand and Showmanship


Gymkhana (I've done it all: egg & spoon, barrels, poles, sit-a-buck, water race....etc)


Team Penning - only Dreamy
Dreamy's not a fan of cattle haha


Racing Under Saddle - Snappy only


Side Saddle - Dreamy only


Saddleseat - Reva only


Fox Hunting - Dreamy only


Trail riding, beach riding, hunter paces
Old Orchard Beach, ME
Acadia National Park - sunset at Day Mountain
Acadia National Park
Popham Beach, ME

Western Pleasure - Dreamy and Reva


Carriage Driving/Combined Driving - This was with Sparky, my first horse

And I drove Snappy a lot, just never showed her in driving events

Roadster - Dreamy and Reva

Prix Caprilli - only Dreamy
It is SO FREAKING WEIRD to jump in a dressage ring and in a dressage saddle

Demos and interviews

Cutting (haha just kidding, this was at WEG)


Harness racing - though I never raced a horse myself, I have been around it forever
This is Snappy!

Marshaling at racetracks - Dreamy and Snappy


Comments

  1. you my friend are a multitasker of all sorts! WOW. I should have put team penning and sidesaddle on my list too! would love to try those !LOL

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    1. Dreamy was such a good mare to ride (still is even pushing 27!) that I was like, LET'S TRY ALL THE THINGS. I'm glad I did! Pushing cows around was fun and made dressage seems super boring after that hahaha!

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  2. Polo! Do it! Most clubs offer clinics to get people involved so try contacting them.

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    1. Definitely will jump on the chance if it presents itself!

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  3. Oh man so many fun sports in there! I feel like I've tried a bunch of stuff but nowhere near as much as you lol. You should def try polo tho. It's hard but FUN!

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    1. I think it would be hilarious and I would probably slide right off the side while trying to hit the ball haha. Definitely on the bucket list!

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  4. Boston Polo in Byfield, MA, does lessons and they play indoor all winter, I'm pretty sure. I tried polo -- was awful -- but it was a blast!

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