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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 9 - Any injuries that occurred from riding

I have been lucky that besides sprains and aches, I have not injured myself from riding. Now that I say that in a blog post, we all know what will happen....!!  :-(

My fall off Dreamy at a fox hunt in November 2012 gave me extremely sore ribs (though not broken) and a sprained ankle.  At my fall at a horse show in April 2010, I ended up with just a sprained ankle as well (yep, horse tripped at the canter and I tumbled off front - very undramatic and I still placed fourth in the class LMAO).

I do think that as I age, my body doesn't bounce back as it once did, so after a long show day or lots of no stirrup work, my muscles ache a bit.  But it is nothing that a little Advil doesn't help.

So, this was a boring post haha, but here are cute pics of Ellie being brave and staying behind me and the ground so I don't get any injuries!  ;-)

Hacking out in her grass pasture/jump field, because even though she is out there every day, it can be scary when you are under saddle haha!

Ellie still thinks the steers are the devil, but at least she now looks at them in disdain rather than fear!
Being brave on her first time going up and down the driveway!


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  1. oh yes as we age it gets harder and harder to bounce back. I love Ellie's ears SO CUTE. And glad except for a few things you havent been hurt. I am always amazed i havent ended up in a body cast :) HA!

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    1. Yeah, I definitely have started being like WHY AM I SO SORE THIS IS BULLSHIT about everything from riding to just waking up some mornings LOL! Gettin' older ain't for sissies (and I am not quite yet forty but my body sometimes feels 80!) ;-)

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    2. And I know, right? Riding is such a dangerous sport! I tend to be brave but cautious, which helps!

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  2. Our egos tend to hurt the worst after a fall :)

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  3. awww happy ellie hacking out!!! i've likewise been pretty fortunate in my falls. a couple badly hurt fingers... maybe a concussion or two. a pulled muscle and some very sore body parts. but nothing really bad, thank god. it could always happen (accidents are like that) but so far so good!

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    1. Isn't she the cutest, though!? Ohhh yeah, I have totally hurt my fingers in the barn slamming them in something or in other stupid ways! There are too many unknown factors with horses to not stay safe!

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