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.
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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.
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. :-/
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.