Ellin learned how to jump last night, and neatly, too! She tacks up like a pro now, even with the tight cinch, but I hadn't been able to get her to move out, so last night I brought out the whip and got her moving under the English saddle, in case she dropped and rolled. No problem. As soon as she figured out I wasn't chasing her, but wanted her to take a wide circle around her pasture, she stretched out low and put some speed into it. WOW! This filly is Something Else! However, whether she thought I was chasing her, was nervous because it was getting dark, or just plain felt frisky, she decided to jump the fence into the neighbor's pasture. Steve, the neighbor boys, and I collectively said, "WOW! Did you SEE that?!" I had very little trouble collecting her and she walked home and stood still while I ran my hands down her legs. I was worried she may have cut herself or strained something but her legs were cool and clean. Fifteen, maybe twenty minutes of exercise and she wasn't even out of breath. I left her halter on in case she decided to jump again, but this morning she is calmly and alertly muching hay under her favourite tree, ready to work again. What a champ! It looks like this young lady may have a bright future racing on the flat, jumping, AND being a mom!
Madeline is a fiber artist, author, shepherd, and music student. Ballyhoo Farm is the culmination of her passion for animals, horticulture, and sustainable farming practices, a dream she's worked to build since childhood.