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Jenni O.
 #176 
He always looks so good under saddle. Maybe the weather will cooperate and you can get to some more shows this year. Otherwise there's always trail riding with your friends.
doreen
 #177 
oh WOW!  Wonderful shot of the two of you.
MHWF
 #178 
Eli and Jurita

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Jenni O.
 #179 
So pretty! The snow, and you, Jurita. Eli is handsome.
Jurita
 #180 
Not much to report since Eli has had several months off. Other than some brief bareback rides around my paddock he has been on vacation. We ran into saddle fitting issues and I have ordered a new custom made saddle from England. Unfortunately I was told I'd have my new saddle in four weeks. It has been 9 weeks and it isn't even made yet. Frustrating! I can't ride my horse and it has taken all the excitement of getting a new saddle away.

Jenni O. was kind enough to let me borrow her treeless saddle for awhile and we were able to ride at Zumbrota MN this weekend.  

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Jenni O.
 #181 
You didn't even mention all the comments Eli got from other riders. People notice Fjords. We had a contest to see who got the most comments and Eli won by a landslide. He also was amAAAzing out there-definitely not the easiest trails. (I think he also won the contest to see who ate the most.)
Jurita
 #182 
Yeah, we get the "Aww cute" a lot because he's a Fjord. Jenni and I went out on the trails again this weekend. This time we did Governor Knowles. Eli is turning out to be quite the little trail horse. When I first got him he would rush down hills, run me into trees to avoid puddles, not listen, pull on me, and once he bolted and took me through the trees.

Now he is doing so much better. He is steady and careful on difficult trails. He doesn't care if he is in front, back, or somewhere in between. He does bridges that are big or small. Fine around traffic. Calm and well behaved around other horses. He is improving with water. Recently has done water crossings including a creek. We still are working on puddle crossings. Sometimes he's fine and other times not so much. He is slow but he doesn't care if the other horses get ahead get out of his sight. I think I could ride him out alone with no issues.

Now, I am anxious to get him back into some lesson. Waiting.....
doreen
 #183 
Love hearing your updates!  Eli may win the awwww cute comment award, but you have definitely earned a teamwork award for all you worked through.  Congratulations on those nice trail rides you are having!
Jurita
 #184 
Ok... I was waiting for photos because I was told I need photographic evidence. LOL. However it looks like it will be quite some time before I have photos.

So Eli and I did the Changing Winds Obstacle Challenge. There were 31 obstacles and horses/riders that were doing very well. At the end of the day they announced placings and scores. We came in first! I knew we had done well but I didn't realize how well so I was surprised when they called my name. There was even a water crossing he went through like he'd done it a thousand times! He didn't love the two live calves in the pen but was ok...just unsure. However, there was a pattern through balloons and he loved the balloons and wanted to play with them. Silly pony.

It was a good experience for us and wow was I proud of my horse that day!

(Stay Tuned:
Photographic evidence in future postings)




BetC
 #185 
Congratulations!  He sure has become a great partner for you. Well done, both of you.

Do they have an in-hand challenge? So Mandy could take a turn?
Jenni O.
 #186 
Eli did awesome! Jurita and I were concerned about a couple of the same obstacles, but the horses really came through. It seemed like Eli had the attitude of, "I got this! Piece of cake." I can't wait for photos.
Jurita
 #187 

Luna came out to spend some time with Eli today.
She told her mom it was too hot to play outside today but when asked if it was too hot to ride horses she said, "No. I'll ride horses."

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John
 #188 
Frame it Jurita - that is an awesome pic [love]

Christine
 #189 
Oh my, that's adorable!!
MHWF
 #190 
Eli, adopted by Jurita L. and Luna

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doreen
 #191 
What great shots of Luna and Eli.
Donna R
 #192 
Those last two photos are adorable!  What a precious little cowgirl!
Jenni O.
 #193 
Not only is Eli good with kids, but he is officially a Trail Horse Extraordinaire. I spent hours riding behind him (and a few in front) last week, and he is crazy good on challenging trails. We went down a very steep, very rocky hill (twice), and I don't think he put a foot wrong. He didn't bat an eye.

We also renamed a section of trail at Zumbrota, the OM#G Trail. We went up it, by some stroke of luck. Oh, I read the map wrong, that's what it was. We were just happy we went up it and not down. Down would be bad. Although Eli probably wouldn't mind.
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