I'm beginning to obsess over the Dec. 3rd Snowbird Horse Show. It's been a long time since I've been to a show. Even then, those shows were schooling shows. This show is sanctioned by the Kentucky Dressage Association. My mind = Big Time. Ok. I know. It's not. But...
I have multiple sheets of paper on my desk where I drew out the tests. I'm talking Intro A and Intro B. (I can hear you laughing). I tried on my show clothes. I rode Ollie through the tests - hmmm we need work. We practiced without the running martingale too. He was great until he realized it wasn't there...
Last night I tossed and turned in bed worrying if we'd embarrass ourselves. In my mind, Kentucky riders are more serious than my supportive group of riding friends in northern Michigan.
Right now he looks like a "wooley" lamb, the end of his tail has that awful yellow tinge, in fact his whole body has a yellow tinge to it. It's too cold to bathe him and he'll roll several times every day anyways. He's kept outdoors so I need his wooley coat and he needs to be kept outdoors to maintain his sweet demeanor. Why oh why did I get a gray horse????
But in my heart of hearts, what I'm most excited about, is that I CAN
take Ollie to a show! I have a feeling we'll be horrible since we
struggle with halting at X and in just about any corner he wants to
transition into canter from the trot. At home, we own the walk. But
that's at home... I'm realistic in my goals and my main goal is to get
him through the test as steady as we can and to gain him some experience. To his credit, he rode the tests fairly well while he was eye-balling a large buck in the field next to the arena. I took that as a good indicator of how he will be.