Dressage On A Dime


I’m Elinor and you’ve landed at a very real, no fluff, horse site.

Elinor Yee

An average rider on an average horse.  How about reading something not so… perfect?

About me – a softness for beautiful animals, a beat up body, and a talent for long-distance running, not dressage.

Trying to go at it alone with a challenging horse?  This site’s for you!  Failures and small successes shared weekly.  

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    1. I purchased La Prima from a trainer in the Bay Area and she arrived on New Years Eve. She had been with the trainer for 3 + months, starting from scratch, with handling, free lunging, cavaletti, free jumping low poles, and just starting arena work under saddle. Told on the phone she was sensitive and hard to find the right buyer match for, I got curious and went to see her. Prior to the sale barn she was down in Southern California, although little is known on what she had been doing prior to being put out to field.

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  1. I was an adult when I acquired my first horse, too Elinor. Growing up I was the child who bugged any relative who would listen that I wanted a pony or horse for my birthday or Christmas. Everyone laughed and thought, “how cute, she wants a pony.” But I had to wait until I moved from L.A. to Wyoming before I got my first. That was over 40 years ago and I have not been without a horse since then. And it has almost always been on a dime. On a dime now that I have retired, so back to scrimping.

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  2. Haha, yes, adult dressage riders financing pretty horses on their own are always on a dime. As long as it’s still in your heart, and you still can muster up strength to lift a bucket, I bet you’ll be doing it for many years more to come 🙂 So glad to have you here taking part of my horse-ownership madness!

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  3. Just a comment on the last blue roan horse image on your page reagrding color. You commented that you did not know who to give credit to. That image is of the great Nokota stallion “Blue Moon” who is now deceased but resided in North Dakota with the Nokota Horse Conservancy. How do I know this? Because he is the grandsire of my great Nokota gelding, “Pony Boy’s Half Moon” AKA “Indy”. This is an image taken by the Kuntz family in North Dakota and can be found on their website nokotahorse.org. Hope that helps. You have a beautiful horse whose coloring is similar to Nokotas. Good luck in your endeavors.

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    1. Wow! That is so awesome! Thank you for filling me in. I’ll update the info on that post. Looking at it, I think Cooper’s head AND body looks eerily similar to the Nokotas. I do know that he was raised “In the East”, then taken to S. Cal where he was broke before selling and moved up here. I wonder if there’s some related blood 🙂
      Really appreciate you taking the time to give me the information!

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      1. Keep it up – and speak it at home. Bilingual brains seem best able to hang on to their smarts into old age – and the younger they are when they start, the lower the Alzheimer’s stats – so the studies indicate.
        (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
        ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
        “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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          1. Haha, no, he will tell you that he has picked up some but it’s incredibly limited.
            Both sons have to translate and it is usually very confusing. But in the end it’s all worth it!

            Haven’t written anything on this at all since this is truly, through and through, a horse blog 🙂

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          2. Yes, I’ve been on quite a few posts now – which is due to your sharing of your fascination (and the gorgeous pictures) – my sister was the one who had horse dreams as a little girl. We were a military family who moved almost every year of my life with them, so even dogs were impossible, for the most part.

            I was led around in a circle on the back of a horse when I was young (my mother rode as a girl) – but I never caught the fever. It’s lovely to touch that life through you, however.
            xx, mgh

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          3. Love it that you like the pictures! Mostly by me, my son, and my husband.
            For some of us, the sounds of hooves become pure magic from the start, for others it’s just not all that special. I’d say not having the bug is more of an advantage: cheaper, safer, and also cleaner 😉

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  4. Lovely blog! I, too, am a Swede (not imported, only half Swedish 🙂 ) and runner. Nice to “meet” a fellow Swedish woman, equestrian, and runner. I look forward to reading more!

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    1. Kul eller hur Maria!
      Jag tycker om att kika in på dina foton, så fina allihop. Bra artikel om Business cards också! Än har jag inte kommit på något sätt att tjäna pengar, istället för att spendera dem, på hästar.
      Men om jag gör det så kommer jag använda dina råd där fullt ut!


  5. I LOVE your blog!! Everything about it, including how it’s all about horses, the funny, poignant writings, and all the horse pictures!!!! ❤ Keep up the great work….:D

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  6. It’s true. You woke up and found yourself in Uncle Bardie Country. Now that you have followed Uncle Bardie, you may find yourself at that fork in the road that you have to take. With Uncle Bardie for a guide, you can be comforted that you may stub your toe on a pun, find you can’t resist laughing at those things you never thought funny, and wake up to wonder what Uncle Bardie is up to. It’s okay. That itch can be scratched. Simply tune in to the next Post, It could very well be a doozy or not. Either way it will be coming from the whacky mind of Uncle Bardie. So thanks for following Uncle Bardie’s Stories & Such. It beats bananas any day. Unless…but that’s a whole ‘nother thang. And one last thing. Have a great day (or night, depending on your perspective).

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  7. I love your blog and the posts. Great pics of the horses. I was just thinking it would be nice to hear from you on how you fell in love with horses. That is, if you are looking for subjects for your blog posts.

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    1. Hey Don, thank you! So glad you like the pictures – horses can be really hard to take good pictures of…
      My horse passion started before I can remember. First lesson at age 6, and I was hooked. I’m STILL wondering what on earth it is about them that makes me like them so much…
      So I can’t blog about that 😉
      But yes, always looking for post subjects so I appreciate it!!!

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  8. Hi Elinor, I’m a new dressage rider and am really enjoying your blog so far! It’s beautiful and engaging, and the photography is stunning! I had a question about the experience you had buying your custom half pad from mon cheval back in December, but noticed the comments for that entry were closed. Would it be possible to email you my question?

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    1. Hi Caitlin! Thank you for coming to my blog and for your sweet comments. I’d love to answer any questions about the half pad. Sometimes I run behind on my many reader comments, so I’ve had to set a time limit on the posts as to how long they stay “open.” Keeps me honest and on track 🙂
      Ask away and I’ll do my best to answer here!!


  9. Thank you so much! I’ve only found two “horse/ horse lifestyle” blogs that I really enjoy and read regularly, and yours is one of them!

    On to my questions…
    Maybe you also experienced this when you configured your custom half pad, but I noticed when configuring my pad on the mon cheval site, that when I select the correction system on any style (as it is an add on option, and one that I definitely need!) the little border/ binding of fabric where the correction system opens up defaults to a white fabric color. Even when I select your exact colors and the exact pad that you purchased (grey wool, grey pad, silver binding), the top binding and the velcro defaults to black, which I like and matches yours, BUT I cannot seem to find a place to select the binding of the correction system. It always turns out white!
    When you created yours, did your correction system binding default to the white color? Did it just come to you as black since the spine and velcro defaulted to black? Were you able to select black as the color of the correction system binding?

    Thank you for your help! The prices for the custom pads are just too good to resist there, but it does feel a little riskier ordering since it’s sort of a “final sale”. 😉

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    1. Hi Caitlin!
      How nice of you to say – feeling honored 🙂

      I think the French site is made to make anyone a little apprehensive. I don’t know, just because we don’t speak the language and that is then our punishment, or something 😉
      Second theory is that the Correction System shows up in white on the Website order picture just to make it really obvious that it has been “selected.” I tried a little back and forth too, mostly because some of the Pad colors had “preset” colors for the spine sometimes, but I did notice what you’re talking about with the White.
      Mine came out in the same color as the spine choice – black, which I wasn’t even sure about.
      In the end, once you’ve got the pad with the Sheepskin in the color you want, the Pad in the color you want, and the Spine in the color you want – you might find the Correction System color is just a little “blip” in the overall picture. Seriously, didn’t give it a whole lot of thought.
      In all, I bet you it will be the same as on mine – the Correction System binding color will come out the same as the Spine color.
      DO fill me in once you receive it!!! Love to have you here, welcome!


      1. So I was feeling confident after reading your comment, and went back to the website, and put my order in! I don’t think the pads will be here until after the Mattes company comes back from their summer holiday (those wise Europeans and their summer holidays…if only we had them), but I’m really excited to see how they turn out!
        I’ll let you know what happens, and until then, you just keep leading all of us down the path of temptation for more fun and beautiful things you tell us out in your blog…all in the pursuit of happiness and all things horse love! Sometimes, finding just the right “thing”/ equipment (after a long search and price comparison) can be just as satisfying as getting just the right canter depart 😉

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        1. I love it Caitlin! Hoping it will turn out just like you wanted – and YES, please do fill me in! Just wait patiently 😉
          You just inspired me to do a little quick write up on a girth. And maybe another comparison of boots, since I’m breaking in 3 right now. (I LOVE reading blog reviews myself before purchasing everything.)


    1. Your dressage performance in the ring will be evaluated on the HORSE’S performance, not so much on your leg position. True, there is a score for Riders Position and Effectiveness Of The Aids. But in theory, if the horse is going stellar and executing a brilliant test in every movement, then you should still receive a 7 there, with the motivation that “the effectiveness of your aids” was indeed effective, despite a shorter leg.
      Makes sense?
      In short, the judge will look more to your horse, and less to you. That said… The hunter seat is very different from the dressage seat, with a forward torso and a lighter seat contact – making for a different way of riding. Of course you already know that 🙂
      I’d say make a go for it, really study up on the way the test should be ridden – watch videos of High Scoring tests on YouTube, and see how you compare. And have fun with it! Let me know how it goes! 🙂


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