Oh, and then she offered to come out and take jumping pictures this week. How did I live before I had blogger friends in my area? Seriously. Between Rinsie and Ellie, I'm pretty much set (until Ellie moves away to be with her pony. Poo).
So, here's today:
We started early. Izzy kind of looks like a skinny adorable baby horse here, but I like how cute we are together.
Oh, and this is a touch narcissistic, but can I just say I'm so much happier with how I look in stretchy pants? I still have work to do, but apparently eating well and running my ass off have done wonders.
Also note my new Kerrits coat, a total score from the Olson's Tack Shop sale we attended this past weekend.
This is just us getting ready, but I love how noble Izzy looks here. My goofy pony is getting all grown up.
Fortunately, she's growing up just in time to go be a fabulous eventing-working-student pony, which is useful.
I'm sure the more tack-whorish among you have already noticed Izzy's new boots. Why yes, I also scored a pair of open front Equifit tboots (valcro closure) for $70. Uh huh. That amazing. They are so freaking cool and I may be biased, but I think they look fab on Miss Izzy. It's official: they're cooler than my Romas. I'll probably have to do a post on why I love them...
And we're off! I've been really focusing on letting Izzy go forward on a loose rein in our warmups and and wow, is she responding.
Yeah, I just like looking at this picture. So pretty.
Are there words for how much I like this picture?
Izzy is balanced. I'm comfortable and over my feet (mostly). I'm looking up and focused and she's quiet and responsive. Honestly, I think this is the counterpart to my most favorite dressage picture of us of all time.
Yeah, this one. Amazing.
And jump!! For some reason, I was ridiculously nervous about jumping today. Not sure if it was the colder weather, the giant camera, or the fact that my coat reminded me of being at a show, but it took me forever to settle in and just ride.
Regardless, I think we look pretty great here.
The lighting was not as absolutely perfect as it was last week, so of course, we're going to try this again sometime soon.
So Ellie claims this one is blurry and unacceptable, but I'm all like "OMG PONY JUMP PICTURE", so here you go.
I guess this post is getting long, so we'll close with a super nice headshot of my pony mare. So pretty. So peaceful. So foamy.