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        03-14-2009, 09:26 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    First show on my boy! + a few pics

    Well, decided to be brave and take my 6 year old Trakehner to his first ever show. Just training level, but figured that it was time For both of us actually, because I'm one of the ones that will try to put things off as long as possible.

    Had this (not so) brilliant idea to walk him around the arena before the classes started, as we got there early. The poor kid almost had a coronary. One end of the arena (LARGE arena. At least 40x100m, if not a bit bigger) had mirrors that were really foggy. He just lost it, and started towing me around the arena. And when a 1400lbs, 17.3hh horse decides that he's not staying in a corner, not much you can do about it! Towed me (and I do mean that. I was skidding) all the way down to the letter B before stopping, so we spent the next 15 minutes trying to approach that scary corner, before we got kicked out. Fan-freaking tastic. Good start to the day, eh?

    So, 10am rolled around, time for my warmup up. It was bad, at best. He was spooking at EVERYTHING and I was getting more and more nervous. Tried to pull it together, but no such luck. Had a really sick feeling going into our first test. The first part of it was ok, although he was constantly trying to duck behind my hands, and was shying away from the side where all the horses were parked. We were approaching our first canter circle, when he exploded. Just bucking non stop while I tried to steer him around our circle Got him back together, trotted, he tried to walk and stare in front of the judge's table and then bunny hopped past her. Free walk was really tense. Next canter transition was awful. Lunged forward, swapped leads and tried to canter like a cow (He NEVER does this!). Was so incredibly glad when I got down centerline and saluted. Awful test and I was do dissappointed in myself, because I knew I was letting my nerves get the better of me and not being there for him. Anyways, we finished 6 out of 7 with a 54% There WERE some good moments, and we ended up with 2 7's, one for our trot transition and for our medium walk, but we also ended up with 2 4's and lots of 5's. There was just no harmony. Although the judge was kind with her comments, and said that I handled his spooks really well and just needed to work on his consistency with the bridle.

    So of course I was devastated. It felt awful. I was sure it looked awful. I had my 20 minutes of self pity and "oh, goodness! I don't want to go back in there!" and then I pulled myself together, reminded myself that this was a learning experience and tried to be the rider that I knew he needed. Warm up second time around was a bit better, although he was still quite looky, whinnying all the time and just really nervous. Decided to do the best that I could, and went for it. MUCH better. No spooking, picked up the correct canter leads, was actually LISTENING to me instead of trying to tank off. Finished 3rd out of 11 with a score of 63% :P Even got two 8's! One for our last halt (oh, did I plant that boy on his ass, I was so glad to be done) and one for one of our trot circles. And the judge's comments were lovely. She said that he had great potential, has a lovely elastic trot and just needs to sit back more on his hind end and be a bit more balanced with his connection. So I was quite pleased! You can see some of my 2nd test here - my camera only has room for 20 second clips at a time, so you get segments :P (feel free to critique too! And tips or advice is always welcome)

    http://www.youtube.com/v/v-PgWDS677Q&amp

    And here's a few pictures we managed to snag: (waiting on the official photographs :P)




    So all in all, I'm happy with him. It was his first ever show. It was my first recognized show in a LONG time. We muddled through it. We looked decent. And hey, nobody died!
         
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        03-14-2009, 09:52 PM
      #2
    Showing
    I think you look great!
    Sounds like you really came together by the end which I think is pretty normal for a first time in a long time rider and first time horse. 3rd out of 11 is pretty darn good
         
        03-14-2009, 09:53 PM
      #3
    Started
    I think that's awesome that he got the experience. He will definitely be the better for it and I'm sure he'll get used to the show arena. Congrats for taking him in the show!
         
        03-14-2009, 09:56 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    Congrats! Sounds like you had a great time!
    I am going to my first show with my 5 yo OTTB tomorrow and am really excited. Hope things go as well for me as they did for you!! :)

    Congrats again,
    E
         
        03-15-2009, 10:18 AM
      #5
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by eventnwithwinston    
    Congrats! Sounds like you had a great time!
    I am going to my first show with my 5 yo OTTB tomorrow and am really excited. Hope things go as well for me as they did for you!! :)

    Congrats again,
    E
    good luck!!! Despite everything, I'm glad that we decided to do it, just because it WAS a learning experience and now I know how to better handle him in these situations
         
        03-15-2009, 11:16 AM
      #6
    Trained
    Congratulations and good for you! Be proud of yourself and what the both of you have accomplished!

    The one thing I see though, is really low hand carraige. Pick them up, close your elbow angle, lift your horse up, aid your horse up and into you.

    Beautiful ride! Beautiful horse! Job well done!
         
        03-15-2009, 11:54 AM
      #7
    Trained
    I love reading your stories about your big handsome guy! It really is great! That horse sounds like he has such a great personality!

    Glad it went Okay and it will only get better from here!
         
        03-15-2009, 12:03 PM
      #8
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MIEventer    
    Congratulations and good for you! Be proud of yourself and what the both of you have accomplished!

    The one thing I see though, is really low hand carraige. Pick them up, close your elbow angle, lift your horse up, aid your horse up and into you.

    Beautiful ride! Beautiful horse! Job well done!
    Me thinks that's probably because I had a bit of a death grip on him I went in planning to ride with higher hands, but it sadly flew completely out the window LOL

    Thanks though. I think he's pretty cute and we survived!
         
        03-15-2009, 12:05 PM
      #9
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by FehrGroundRanch    
    I love reading your stories about your big handsome guy! It really is great! That horse sounds like he has such a great personality!

    Glad it went Okay and it will only get better from here!
    haha, he does :) I do really enjoy him (most of the time) and he keeps me humble while still encouraging me to be a better rider
         
        03-15-2009, 09:35 PM
      #10
    Showing
    I'm just glad that while you were at the show and I was working, I didn't see come in to work on an ambulance stretcher
         

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