Okay so just a little update from the race yesterday for you guys.
I took Selena to run and Ruger to stand and be ridden in the warmup pen so he can get used to things. I was going to enter him in the Open for kicks but he was just too frazzled when I got there so I left him be.
First, I ponied Ruger behind Selena but he was just way too frisky and Selena was getting frustrated. I've ponied him everywhere behind her before, but since a) it was cool out, b) he was fresh, c) he had gotten a bath the day before so he felt good, and d) he was excited about being in a new place, I decided just to ride one at a time.
All in all Ruger worked very well for it being his first time at a big race. He was been to Gymkhanas before but this is a bit bigger. He was nervous at first by the other horses but once he worked out his wiggles he was okay.
Also, funny story, he was being a little gate sour so I was taking him to the gate opening and working his butt off (figure eights and rollbacks along the fence) and once he thought it'd be cute to try and jump out of the opening to the gate, and on instinct I kicked him hard back into the arena, so he ended up banging his front legs on the metal and cut himself. Purely cosmetic wounds; a little blood but he was not sore or hurt and he did not swell. I let him rest in the middle of the arena, then made him stand and watch the others run for a little while, then put him up.
Selena however, felt wierd that day. She felt really reactive and jumpy, which is the polar opposite of how she normally is. She ran good, and our time was okay, but she stalled coming out of the first barrel and was anticipating turning the second so she kinda did a "squiggly squid" manuever going into it. She turned it tight and got out of it fast but that definitely lost our time. Lost both stirrups leaving it too, typical me huh?
so going to the third I just kicked really hard and held onto the horn, and she smoked that one. She ran the hardest I've ever felt her going home and we ran a 17.8. I know she is capable of going faster (We have clocked 16's in that arena) but obviously that issue at the first two barrels cost us that time. She also has not been running for very long so it's okay, I don't mind a blip every now and then. I rode her on the practice pattern a little more and got her to stop anticipating that second barrel by running past it and counter-arcing away from it.
I don't know where/if I placed in a D. I believe that is the bottom of the 3D with her. My original plan was to sand-bag and aim for the 4D since there was a lot of girls running in the higher Ds, but with that mess up I thought that would be enough to put me in the 4D. Apparantly not though. When the results are online I'll check though just to be sure.
So yeah that's my day.
I'm at a 50/50 split, successful because I'm proud of how my baby horse worked (despite the gate thing. Btw he's not gate sour anymore
), I enjoyed running there again and seeing everyone, and I am glad that I found a hole to fix and work on with Selena. I KNEW she couldn't be that good without developing a problem! Lmao.