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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 …

Baby Ellie!

I have unearthed Baby Ellie pics from the barn manager's Facebook haha!  I had time to kill one day last week.  Don't ask LOL.  Isn't she the cutest?!

Just a few days old.  Look at those ears LOL!  And she was so red!

This is the BM's dad, which is random, but look how much she now looks like her mother!

This is Ellie as a yearling.
And an adorable post when they started her under saddle last winter.  

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