Yay, we survived it! She was mostly a doll, she handled the trip and that alright but she has this really nasty habit of bonding to whatever horse she travels with and becoming herdbound. It's weird because I haul her alone all the time and she's fine, I can ride her down the road and she's fine but the minute we haul to a show, she just loses her marbles if she's separated from the other horses.
Warm up went well, a little energetic but manageable and Kali gave me a half hour lesson beforehand and she was going well. Our first class was Walk Trot Pleasure and we ended up being the only entry. The minute we entered the show arena, she was panicking hardcore. Her and Dom started SCREAMING back and forth, which of course ruined any possibility of actually being round and moving nice. We got 1st by default, the judge loved her and we had a nice little chat about her!
After that we went back to warmup and I could NOT get her to focus. I was getting frustrated at this point because she just kept screaming and screaming and just ignoring every aid I was giving her. Kali went to get her boots and helmet to get on for me and I managed to finally calm her down while she was gone.
So the rest of the show, she'd basically stand completely relaxed and quiet with a back leg cocked on a loose rein in the warmup ring, and then turn into a screaming raving maniac in the show ring. We managed to get through Test A and I personally thought it felt AWFUL and was just ticked with her after that. Apparently the judge disagreed because we got 1st place with a 67.9%!
The second test was worse, her anxiety just deteriorated rapidly and in trying to get firm with her, I just ended up fighting her and getting a lot of attitude. We got 5th place with 57% for our second test.
So anyway, she got a bit of a break while Kali showed Dom in Show Hack (1st place) and then Kali got on to warm her up for Training Level. I felt slightly better about what an idiot she was being when she threw two of the biggest bucks she's ever thrown when Kali asked for the canter! I mean, Jynx does NOT buck and these were impressive! She was just being BAD, getting behind the leg, refusing to move forward and just obstinate like a bratty teenager! Of course we couldn't find a SINGLE Dressage whip anywhere so we had to rustle up a crop. Kali laid into her a few times and that smartened her up! Her two tests went as well as can be expected from a tired cranky horse who's just had enough of people and silly white letters!
LOL, anyway, COOKIES if you read that entire novel. In the end, I AM very proud of her, I know she's only 5 and it's only her second show ever. I know she'll get better as we go and I have to accept the small victories!
Enjoy the pics and vids!
Yay ribbons! 1st in pleasure, 1st with 67.9% and 5th with 52%
Kali took fourth (61.8%) and fifth (62.2%) on her at Training Level
All fancy and ready to go!
The judge complimented us on our turnout! Some people didn't even scrub mud of their horses...
THIS is what she goes like in our lessons, so that's why I thought Test A felt so terrible. I think I just forgot how little is expected of them at Walk Trot!
Talking to the judge after our pleasure class, she was so awesome!
Born to be a Dressage horse, hehe!
And for your viewing pleasure, here is Kali riding Dom at 2nd Level! She had no competition but got 69% and 65% so she was VERY happy with him!