First show, not elated but not deflated.
So it was kind rough. First class I signed up for was entered wrong, and by the time I got that fixed the class I WANTED to be in was over. Brushed it off. First class went well I got 2nd in a class of 6 Open Non Stock horse pleasure. I was surprised, there were some horses I thought did much better then us. Second class was Open Eq....but there was a pattern I didn't know and patterns make me freakishly nervous but I did it anyway and we got 5th in 6. 100% my fault, crossing my tracks in a figure eight I took my leg off and he went all counter bending out of the circle. So, we are going to work on those and I am signing up for the same class next time to see if we are improving. Last class we got 2nd in a class of 2...yeah, *sighs* he was hollow, tossing his head and bucked (which he NEVER does) when picking up the canter and picked up the wrong lead! We deserved it.
After I got home I picked his feet and found a small slice in his heal all the way from the coronet band to his frog. It's very minor...there wasn't even any sign of bleeding but I am sure it is what caused him discomfort because he has NEVER bucked or been unresponsive to me asking him to collect and he did great in the Pleasure class. So I feel bad. The show grounds were immaculate but I did notice allot of trash being left around, my husband was walking around with a bag picking other peoples stuff up!
I walked away feeling good that we got threw my first show in 10 years and his first show ever and we didn't totally bomb it :) He's got some rest and healing time with allot of pampering and then we will get back to work.
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