01-28-2013, 10:12 AM
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It went really great. Cinny was AMAZING. For one, I forgot about the different aspect of these type of shows. Cinny is used to being solo in the arena. They had 4 times more people turn up than they thought they would so the place was PACKED and there was a lot of commotion. All classes had to be split and there were still about 30-40 horses in each split. Cinny has NEVER been in an arena with that many horses before. Our first class was bareback walk trot but we had to wait at the gate for about half an hour while they judged about 35 horses in showmanship. Standing is not one of Cin's forte's let alone in a large pack of other horses so by the time we got in the arena he was a bit wound up. He settled down though. We tried Ride a buck but we were the first one to get our dollar placed and right about the time they got to the middle of the pack he started rearing and spinning so I opted to remove ourselves for everyone's safety. I know one's he gets in a snit it's best to take him somewhere quiet to calm down.
We had a nice break and then went into walk/trot pleasure any tack. I opted for his most familiar Dressge attire. He was cool, calm and collected both while waiting and iin the arena for both classes (we did 19+ and green horse) and behaved like a seasoned pro. Everyone said he looked really great and much improved from the last time they saw him in the Dressage ring. Then we had lunch break and he got to rest.
English Pleasure everyone was actually moving out their horses much to my glee. I was afraid I'd have to try to keep him reined in to match a more WP gait, but nope. He was awesome most of the 2 classes we were in except for a mini tanti. Both classes asked for a canter from a walk. Cinny HATES this, is bad at it, usually gets the wrong lead and is a general mess. Since he enjoys lateral and going into a canter from a slight leg yield I opted to do a leg yield in our walk just before asking for a canter and he went right into it on the correct lead, and then chose to throw a mini tanti by tossing his head and popping up a few times in the back. He did this both classes. But he promptly smoothed back out into a nice pleasure canter.
I opted to try Western Pleasure. Well, he hadn't worn that saddle in over a year and it doesn't fit me right which probably puts pressure in some places it shouldn't. He got a bit pissy. I know he was tired to. After this class I opted to call it a day as we were both exhausted. It was still hours before they got to the speed stuff because they had reining to do first. Cinny got a nice rub down, his new blanket put on and taken home and given a nice supper with warm mash as it was very cold and foggy out.
Of course we placed in NOTHING but that was expected. Most classes had at least 30 entrees and they only placed 1-3. I had fun, Cinny seemed to have fun and was excited in the morning when the trailer pulled up and hopped right in. I learned a lot more about my horse and what he is capable of as well as more intuition on when he has had enough or just needs a quiet moment. I think I may seek out more fun shows to do with him in the future as I think he really enjoyed it a lot more than dressage shows.