Well, Elsa had her first show yesterday! And she did amazing. I was carpooling with a friend and so she brought her yearling over and they spent the night so we could leave together the next morning. We also used it as an opportunity to do a practice run in her trailer, so it wouldn't be completely foreign to Elsa. She really doesn't quite understand this trailering business. She loads after a few minutes of coaxing, but she doesn't quite get that all she need do is step on. Instead, she leaps on with all she's got - it's a little unnerving standing in the trailer and seeing her coming straight for you. But once inside, she's cool as a cucumber. We practiced getting on and off, but she still doesn't quite understand that one. We'll keep working on that.
She has been bathed before, but on Saturday evening, I really scrubbed her down. And she loved it! She stood almost as if she were frozen to the ground and enjoyed every minute of being scrubbed and lathered. Of course, because I so meticulously cleaned her, she had a giant poop stain from her withers to her flank on Sunday morning. I had to wash that area all over again.
At the show, she behaved so well. I had to spot wash with green spot remover spray and I put a little bit of shine spray on her and she really couldn't have cared less. I also put a little bit of that glow stuff on her nose and around her eyes and she seemed to really enjoy it, which I found odd, but better than freaking out about it.
Lilly was a disaster. The second Elsa was more than 5 feet away, she was a mess, neighing, pulling at the lead, etc. If Elsa was beside her, she was perfectly calm and sometimes sleeping. I had someone hold her in the holding pen while Elsa and I were in the class. Elsa seemed unphased that her mom was acting like a crazed lunatic and listened very well. We walked and trotted in hand and squared up for the judge. She was a little wiggly when I was trying to square her up, but stood very still once the judge started walking around. We were the only entry in the class, so we got first place!
I did talk to the judge afterwards and asked him how she did overall in comparison to other foal classes and he said she was really good and extremely quiet in comparison to most foals he's judged. My friend showed her yearling in the halter class that immediately followed the foal class and we were home by noon. So it was a nice short day for Elsa's first big outing. I had my hands full with her and Lilly so I didn't have a chance to get a lot of pictures, but here are a few. 2014-08-16 18.07.56.jpg 2014-08-17 10.45.03.jpg 2014-08-17 10.45.09.jpg