Yesterday I went to a schooling show near Lexington. As a reference for a rant later in this post let me put some strong emphasis on the word schooling. Anyways.... braided and packed trailer the night before and woke up at the ass-crack of dawn to get on the road and still managed to have issues. #1 being that Twister was having a hard time getting on the trailer.... completely out of the blue weirdness. My horse GETS on trailers! #2 being that as we stopped to fill up with diesel I noticed that we had a low tied but then had to find quarters in order to put air in it.... and then there was the pee break because we all drank too much coffee.....
Anywho. We got to the show and I was LATE. Jump out of the truck, unload the horses, register, tack up and warm up in mock speed late. Out of the truck to Entering at A in less than 20 minutes..... All things considered, he did pretty good. He was a little short and tense but we had some really good moments. There was minimal spooking. As a matter of fact, all the looking stopped once we started our test. He got down to business. Except for the moment where he screamed back at Buster who was screaming for Twister.....
|stiff and short strided but trying his best|
|scored under 50, which I consider good for our |
first time out in 20 months
|he was round and i just need to "stick those titties out"|
Rant over. So we warmed up nicely over the actual 2" verticals and the x-rails. I wanted to jump 2' at a show. But more than anything I needed to boost my confidence by having a great ride in a no-pressure environment. We got that and did great. No chips. No poles down. We rode the course perfectly and finished in 3rd for the CT.
|badass show mom!|
|S and Buster|
And then he wouldn't get in the trailer to go back home. (Backstory.... in Sept he rode a few miles down the road in a trailer that was a bit small. And I think it traumatized him. Though he rode to the clinic in a box stall trailer in Nov, I think being in a straight stall yesterday re-freaked him out.) It took an hour and I ended up having to beg some grain off the host barn. I have some work to do. I am going to give him a week off and then start riding again and start getting him comfy in a trailer again. I got worried about him. He shut down and froze every time we asked him to get in the trailer. I was so shocked. He's never not got on a trailer. Can't keep showing until this problem is resolved. Can't have my boy stressed out about trailering. But now he's home and happy and grazing. And there is plenty of mud outside should he want to roll and roll.