Originally Posted by As You Wish
Simple yes, but this took almost 2 hrs. I must be a slow poke. I have thought about doing them in the morning but I would have to get out to the barn at 3:30am.
I'm 3 hours away from pretty much any big show, and I always end up in the early classes. Camping overnight the night before is usually not an option. I usually have to re-wash the day of, because my horses both have a ton of white, and often braid the morning of. Tail doesn't get braided until we get to the show, otherwise the scrambler will rub his out in the trailer. So we have to be there at least half an hour early because I'm a REALLY slow braider [tails should take 10 minutes tops]. My scrambler has to be towed VERY slowly around corners and curves and can't handle quick acceleration/braking. And then my horses are ok loaders until you want to actually GO somewhere. THEN they're difficult and take forever, so it's smarter for me to give myself time to get them on if they want to be difficult about it.
For most shows I'm up at 2am. Outside, in the cold [often wet, nasty weather - our show season in Aus is over winter]. Mind you, it doesn't snow in my part of the country, so it's not that bad.
Just depends on what you're willing to do for your sport I guess.