I'm currently leasing a pony who is a bit green, but coming along in her training very quickly.
I have a 4H show coming up at the end of the month, but it is two hours out of where I live.
If I go, the plan is to just use it as a training show to get the pony used to being ridden in new arenas and places before we put money into bigger shows...
My dilemma lies in the fact that we would being leaving on a Friday to arrive at the show grounds, and be there Saturday, Sunday, and then leave on Sunday, but my pony would get trailered to our hauler's farm - not her own home. Then, on Monday, she would return home. (So in total, she'd be gone about 3.5 days and be stabled with different horses at two different locations).
All of our classes are on Saturday. The horses won't be kept in stalls, but rather panels on grass with tarped shelters from what I understand.
(something like that).
This is the pony's first real show - and it is not possible (unless I rent a trailer and haul her myself.. which I don't feel is worth it) to trailer her home Saturday evening, or Sunday morning for that matter.
If she was going to be staying in a stall at the show, I'm sure I'd be a bit more comfortable with her just sitting around on the show grounds for a few days ...doing nothing, but in those panels, I'm worried that she may become stressed out or bored (as she is a pony who needs her room to run and daily exercise), and the overall experience won't be as positive for her as I would hope a first show to be.
Do you think I should just say screw it, and not take her, or if you were in my situation, would you still be going?
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