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post #1 of 15 Old 07-10-2010, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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First show today.....pretty down right now

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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post #2 of 15 Old 07-10-2010, 10:39 PM
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Sorry to hear about that! One time at a hunter/jumper show I did about the most easy course there could ever be...and I went over the wrong jump! My trainer yelled across the ring "What are you DOING! You went over the wrong jump!!! Go back and do it agian!" It was So embarrising Your not alone sister!

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Thanks :). Haha that would be pretty embarrassing
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post #4 of 15 Old 07-10-2010, 10:46 PM
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Im reall sorry sage :(.... he just needs more work which you and we can give to him.. Practice with your dogs running around and our sisters outside acting... how they usually would and I can make a ton of noose with my ipod. He just needs some help.. with people watching him and all the noise.. Maybe we could put some hay in a weel barrel and bring it to a big feild set it up and have him canter around jumping those in a course. Trust me sage if you just work with noise and showing stuff he will be able to place by fair (: don't give up

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Aww thanks Sam. I just don't get why he's perfect at home but in the quiet arena he refuses everything.....
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post #6 of 15 Old 07-10-2010, 10:53 PM
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Sorry to hear about the show!!haha don't worry, that's NOTHING to some shows I've been to, we went to our first dressage show, and pretty much made a record for lowest mark, I got 40% (which is almost unheard of at these shows) AND got disqualified at the same show. Haha. It WILL get better, just work onit :) I bet your nerves were on edge (or over-excited.over-sure of yourself) and your horse probably responded. We ALL get like that sometimes, our horses knock us on ourbutts though, don't they? Haha.

It was only a show, and no where near the worst I've seen. One little girl was going to her first dressage show, her horse was HIT to get out of the trailer (by the trainer) and it flipped backwords and bled to death in front of her. And the rest of us at the show. Now THAT is a bad show. Yours was just a blessing in disguise ;)

So don't worry, it was your first show, you will have a better one nexttime! :)
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True... I think it was the whole show concept he hasnt been to one im 16 years? Wait has Sunny left yet? Because He couuld be upset if he did. I went to my friends sisters friends house and saw theyre new horse dakota that they traded TJ for. And TJ and Daisy were best friends and Daisy who is usually a perfect horse had her ears back and ran away from my friend when she was putting her back, so definitely mad and not her normal self. So maaybe Artie was going thru a little of that but not as intense. And if Sunny hasnt left yet again the whole show noise, horses he hasnt seen people running around.. He needs some more expeirnce with that... Hmm... AGain I wish you luck and we or you can get him to do great!

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Ridergirl--that poor girl! Her horse bleeding to death in front of her? God that's terrible.

Sam--Sunnys leaving Sunday. Molly and excel are coming Tuesday. I don't think it was that because he was good when we were schooling around the fairgrounds....during the class he was just different.

It probably was my nerves rubbing off on him, plus him not having shown for 15+ years.
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Oh well oh well (: at least you got the expeirnce before fair! He will do great in fair now he's refreshed!! Just make sure you keep working on him!! And molly and excel are coming the same day ??(: you lucky duck!

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post #10 of 15 Old 07-10-2010, 11:26 PM
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ya it was terrible, that trainder is terrible, and I wouldnt be sad for a SECOND if she died. I know, its terrible, but you need to meet her to understand.

I bet it was your nerves, I STILL have nerve problems sometimes when I get myself worked up. ;)

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