I took my Paso Fino gelding to my first show ever and his first show in 16 years. Let's just say my mood is currently such that I really, really hate showing right now.
So we let him get settled in last night at the fairgrounds, turned him loose in the arena to get his energy out, then I cantered and galloped around bareback with a halter on him in the arena, just letting his energy out and getting him used to it and such since we don't have an arena at home. He had no problems, he felt great.
So next day my friend and I went to the fairgrounds for my 4-H show to make sure he spent the night okay and to get him ready.
Halter was first, we didn't place. They placed up to fifth, and there were about 12 of us, mostly halter quarter horses. Then Tessa convinced me to do an 18inch, 2ft novice, and 2ft green working hunter over fences--the only 3 jumping classes there. I thought, okay, he's great over jumps at home up to 3' (for being a 22yr old gaited paso fino that's pretty good if I do say so myself), and my friend helped us school lines yesterday, so he's ready. She says he's really confident over jumps and would do fine. Then they cancelled 18inch becaus of limited entries. So we all had a chance to take one jump at 18inch to school before we did our course. Arthur was insane. He would try to dodge, and then slide to a stop right before the jump. If I put leg on him to keep him centered, he would just slow, and If I focused on getting him going fast enough so he wouldn't stop, he dodged. This is my super willing gelding who has yet to refuse a jump when i'm not confusing him or that's in his size range?? He carried this behavior to the actual course, we were DQed from both because of 3 refusals. The second course, he jumped the first jump from a halt after one refusal and continued on to slam on the brakes on the next. Ugh!! It was so flipping annoying. I was so embarrassed, even Though 4 other people were DQed.
Then we went on to Open Trail. 75% of the horses before us were DQed from three refusals. Come our turn, we worked the gate perfectly, walked to the bridge, he refused. Despite the fact that we've practiced on a bridge before at home. So we trot around the cones, the. Halt at the barrel to grab a slicker. Artie was scared of the barrel, so there we went, another refusal. We jogged to the back through, and I knew he would do it perfectly because he does it perfect every time at home. Nope, he refused to back and threw his head in the air whenever I jiggled his reins. Third refusal, and we're DQed.
Moving on.....egg & spoon contest. We'd practiced many times at home, but we got out third of 7 people. I was riding a freaking gaited horse! And we still lost! My mom told me to enter that because she did it with him a while ago and they won every time.
I'm pretty sure almost every single person placed today but us. I'm so mad I just don't get it! Those jumps were the same ones we have at home! The trail obstacles were a million times easier! Why were we so much worse at the show than at home? Ugh! Rant over. I just really don't like showing right now.
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