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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!
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