This will be a show I never, ever forget.
It started out with an early "be at the barn by four" morning. We were tired, our horses were looking at us like we were crazy, and I hardly managed to be glad that Allegra didn't destroy her braids the few hours she was alone.
So, Charley loaded first. He looked at it funny and then walked in. Okay...
Allegra was second. The last time she was in this trailer, in the dark (like it was), she tripped getting in (there's no ramp), smacked her head on the trailer and bust open her lip. Okay, she was not just going to walk right in. There was rearing, bucking, kicking...But after about half an hour we got her in.
Flash walked in, looked at Allegra like she was crazy, we shut the trailer door and we were off six minutes past when we wanted to be out.
Two hours later.
The barn had like, no where to park so we parked on the side of the road. It was a mountain road, cars were rare...We weren't thinking about having any issues. And lucky for us we didn't. All three of them unloaded fine, though Allegra was a bit jumpy.
We found their stalls, got them settled, and turned to our hair and clothing. I had the first ride time. Walked them around the arena we'd be showing in, all but got kicked out, and headed up to the rather small indoor arena. She was fine, nothing scary, though the mirror did look a bit weird to her at first. So we headed back to tack up and braid forelocks. Uh, well...We tacked up fine and had her halter on. She has this thing about her face. Touch it and you're all but dead. You can't hose off her face or come near it with fly spray or anything along those lines. But she was being really bad. Sick of the rearing, I decided we'd leave it alone and went to put her bridle on. D'oh. Problem found. With all the rearing she had done this morning, some time or another she had scrapped up the top of her head. Blood...And no touching.
Eventually we got the bridle on. In Intro A we tied for first, ended up with second, got a few 5's for not totally walking straight and got a 63.5%, I believe. Intro B we got second, got an 8 on our center circle (WHOA) and got a 65% or so. Proud? I think so! We know what we need to work on now, I was proud to see that I got all 6's when it came to my position and such but wished they would have left comments so I could have known what I needed to do to get 7's next time.
With a bucket of cookies in hand, we bribed Allegra into the trailer a few hours later after Charley and Flash followed. After the last ride we were out of there within ten minutes. Our goal eventually became complete and we made it back just in time to feed!
Overal it was good. There might be a show next month but we're not sure yet. Eventually I'll get up pictures...I haven't seen most of them myself.
Oh, and I did learn something new. Allegra's half Paint and half Hungarian Warmblood. Wow, I sure was surprised.