I did his legs last night after work but it was too cold, and getting colder, to do his body, so I thought I would at least scrub his legs and get his socks properly white. Also trimmed him up from a scruff with a beard, whiskers, feather and fluffy ears to something resembling a halfway tidy horse... but had to do it with scissors so it's not the best job in the world.
I didn't sleep, even though I tried to, and 'woke up' really early to get myself sorted because I'm not normally a very organised person. Now that everything's done except actually getting into my show clothes [yes I have done my hair and everything!] I have nothing to do so I'm dwelling on all the what-if's and possibilities. Sooooooooo nervous. He can be a bit funny in the ring because I get so tense, but I get tense because I'm worried he'll play up... self-fulfilling prophecy! I honestly will be pleased if we get ONE canter that's not totally out of control actually IN the show pen.
This would have to be the first time I have gone to a show, EVER, and not jumped... bar one show when I was like 7 but I wasn't ready to jump back then so I didn't know how much I loved it. Last time I did any flat on him at a show at all it was a battle to get a controlled canter, so I'm aiming to improve, and I would honestly be shocked if he did get out of control considering he's in a short shank pelham at the moment - with double reins, don't worry, I'm using it as its designer intended - so today will be a success.
I'm just visualizing the best possible outcome right now. Champion hack, champion rider, ribbons under his [hopefully if she is coming] showjumping jockey, and District Hack would be nice too... not dreaming, much [/sarcasm] considering he's more of a hunter than a hack, but who knows, we might do ok.