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    05-01-2011, 07:32 PM
  #1
Foal
OTTB's first show :-)

Yesterady I took my OTTB to his first ever show. He has been off track for about a year, but only really been in any kind of training since Jan. This was his first time off the farm besides hacks to the trails across the street. We hope to do some ODEs later this summer/fall.
The warm-up was interesting since the ring faced the local fairgrounds racetrack (track means GO!). I was a little nervous and tense until my trainer told me to sing him a song. That worked well for the rest of the warm-up and I even found myself humming to him anytime I got tense during the show.
Overall he was so good and relaxed and I am a proud momma. It was just a little local schooling show, but we all have to start somewhere right?
Here are some videos and pics.
Thoughts?


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Trail Class:
We hack out, but all of this is just him being good and used to the things we do around the barn.. obviously we do not walk over strange wooden bridges in the middle of the ring at home (even though he is the first to lead over the bridges at the trails). at least I can see what kind of lateral movements to expect out of him.

Hunter Hack:
Went reasonably well. Our over fences part went well, and it was followed by a flat part (not in video here). The 2' however was awful. He humped over the first jump, which made me catch him in the mouth, which made him freak out, which made me tense...you get the point. I held his face way too tight, we crashed 4 of 7 jumps, and my friend serendipitously only filmed the last two. Our next hunter class will hopefully go better next weekend. :-/

Flat Classes:
Just a compilation video. About 3-4 different flat classes. We actually came in first out of 6 or 7 in w/t equitation.

So its a start if nothing else.
     
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    05-01-2011, 07:40 PM
  #2
Yearling
Sounds like you had a great time!
I love that picture of you and him with the ribbons lmao. He's smiling!
     
    05-01-2011, 07:51 PM
  #3
Foal
That is exactly what my husband said! Lol!
     
    05-03-2011, 03:47 PM
  #4
Weanling
Looks and sounds like you did a great job. Especially for a green OTTB. Congratulations! Looks like you guys were just having fun which is all that matters really.
     
    05-03-2011, 04:21 PM
  #5
Foal
You did great! What a lucky horse.
     
    05-05-2011, 11:52 AM
  #6
Foal
Thanks guys!
Any tips or things we could improve on for next weekend?
     
    05-05-2011, 12:26 PM
  #7
Weanling
The biggest thing I would say is try and get him to round a little more. To use his body properly, right now it looks like he's just going around but not really paying much attention to what he or you are doing. He seems to be really fighting you with the bit, (which is common cause racehorses are trained to take a hold of it and lean when they race) when he does this really push him forward not necissarily faster but more under himself and encourage him to move out a bit which will force him to pay more attention quite fighting and drop his head and bring his but up under him and give him nothing to grab onto which is what he wants. Also would work a bit more on despooking him. Do whatever you can think of. Bring out a tarp, a box to walk on, drag a pole beside him, whatever, just get him used to different scenarios. This is just what I noticed in the few videos. But still big kudos to you for getting as far as you have in such a short period of time. You two are doing a great job so far.
     
    05-15-2011, 01:10 AM
  #8
Foal
I think you looked great for his first show! It just takes time. It looks like you brought home some ribbons which is great!

P.s. Where did you get your breeches?
     
    05-21-2011, 12:03 PM
  #9
Foal
I also think you both did great for his first show. How old is he? Sometimes the collection of horse takes more time naturally, especially now that he is getting used to riding and not racing. So I think y'all did great and to keep it up the good work! You have a lovely horse!
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    05-21-2011, 05:15 PM
  #10
Foal
Nice looking guy! Congrats on the successes and much learning from the "rougher" portions of the show. Good for the both of you! It will become more relaxing the more you do it (at least that is what they tell me!)
     

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