|so much winter|
December distracts me enough with the holidays, but January and February make me crazy (and sometimes March and April, too)! This is when I start wishing I could board her out over the winter in order to ride productively more often, but that scenario isn't realistic in several ways; the biggest issue being there isn't a nearby farm with indoor I would feel comfortable with boarding.
Oh, the woes of a horse girl in Maine! ;-)
|the prettiness has long worn off|
this was yesterday, which ended up being a sn*w day from school
they predicted rain
we got 6+' of sn*w...
|ice, so much ice|
Now, she is so much more settled with the routine and within herself. She knows what I am going to ask and expect of her, she knows she can trust me, and she just does the thing. She happily stands and waits when needed, she's not fussy at all, and she will walk about through the fields without hesitation. She still gives turkeys a careful look, but there is no spooking or snorting or spinning haha. Even this past Sunday, when Dreamy randomly decided to gallop madly around her paddock like a moron while we marched around in the adjacent field, Ellie held it together. I am still cautious, because you have to be, but I don't have that feeling of worry I did last winter.
|Dreamy - don't even look at me|
None of this is a major breakthrough, but it just feels nice to have a more confident horse! Elle has always been curious, but she was always much more hesitant beforehand. It makes me feel as though I have at least done something right, though we still have a ways to go to get to full maturity LOL. Progress with horses can sometimes be slow going and hard to gauge, so I am soaking up this discovery! I suspect this coming year, as well as next, will be big growing up years for her.
So while we are not currently able to work on connection and throughness and her canter transitions, which it kills me a little inside haha, I am finding pleasure in the little things!