Um, hi guys! *nervous laugh* So one of my new friends (OMG I have a friend! Can you BELIEVE it?!) who's on my FFA horse judging team asked me if I would do the Chowchilla Fair horse show through FFA with her, because she didn't want to be alone. There's Showmanship, English, Western Pleasure, Trail, and Gymkhana divisions. Since Mudpie's still out, I can't do English, which is what, on any normal occasion, I'd do. I've decided that (now, this is just for kicks & giggles – I'm not getting all gung ho about this or anything) I'll do western pleasure and gymkhana with Cherry.
Miss Cherry and I are definitely not going to get anywhere with this shenanigan, but it will be fun and that's all that matters. Cherry has really rough gaits (her lope is worse than her trot – no joke) and I don't know her that well. I haven't spent a lot of time with her, and she only just recently got off of my sh*t list.
I haven't done any sort of gymkhana thing in over a year and a half, and it was pretty much an epic fail. But getting more into dressage and jumping I understand lines, balance, leads, etc. so much more. So I think I'll be able to swing this without making that much of a fool of myself.
I'm going to start riding her about every day (if my back is functional) and we can practice our behinds off until we're performing like a team should.
I have lots of poles and I can get barrels up there, too. Obviously, we're not even going to attempt those things until we're performing well on the flat. My biggest concerns are just about lead changes between the barrels (how is that taught?) and balance through poles.
Any tips for us? :)
Here's Miss Cherry being good at my school. The day I decided I actually liked her.