Saturday, 10/2/10, 2:20 p.m., Pre-Show Training with Lauren, Anna, and I
Dante an Lauren are so ready for the show. Dantes knows whenever a show is coming up, so he gets all pretty and collected. He is going to do great in his hunter classes. Lauren has been working with him him since eight a.m., and just put him up. I was so surprised to see he had minimal saddle marks. Dante doesn't sweat much, one of the great things about taking him to a show. Lauren is out at the wash racks, playing with her horse. Dantes loves bathing time. Lauren taught him to do a half rear when he was younger so she could get his stomach. Its so cute to watch them play. As I look out and see the pair, I know that they are meant to be. Lauren always smiles around Dante, even laughs when they knock a rail or don't place in the class. Dante's ears are always forward, and his eyes soft around Lauren. It's almost as if he hears her laugh and smiles. As I look out at my niece and her horse, the only thing I see is love and splashing water.
Anna is still out in the ring with Sonny, working on straightning her back over jumps. She does this jockey thing at shows, and only now is she doing something about it. Anna is 13, and Sonny is 25. Sonny kinda plots along and does what he needs to do. It looks like he smiles and rolls his eyes if Anna makes a stupid mistake. Sonny is so forgiving, and even though I was angry when Lauren brought him in without permission, he has turned out to be an amazing horse. Anna tries to take the jump long, but Sonny knows. He waits until it's time, and if he feels like Anna isn't read for the big jump, he'll slow down and take it as easily as he can. He's such a good boy, and he loves Anna. Anna is actually the only child that can successfully ride Sonny, even one of my best students, Miranda can't ride him, so she bought her own horse. Even though Anna is lower then Miranda, she is still my favorite students, and I love her as if she were my own daughter, just the way I love Lauren.
Cousteau just got put up from a long workout. I looked up the courses we will be jumping tomorrow online, and practiced them with him. His biggest problems were with oxers, and although it looks smooth and graceful when he goes over them, it feels like someone is hitting you in the back. Cousteau is a very fluid mover, and he looks as if he is running on clouds, but try being aboard him. His canter is his best gate, but his trot throws you up a little more then needed. I try to post low, but it's impossible. No, Cousteau could never be a pleasure horse. Yes, Cousteau is a fabulous jumper. I just bathed him and put a summer sheet on him, so he is resting now. He knows a show is coming, because we were practicing being tied to the trailer. He got so excited that he bucked and dented it. I'm not angry, infact it made me laugh. Cousteau in general makes me laugh. But our connection, through riding, minds, and hearts, could outlast anything.
Anna, Lauren, and I are all done riding for the day, and spending the rest of the day cleaning out the trailer, polishing boots and tack, and cleaning up the barn. I'm taking both of the girl's shopping for new show clothes, and then coming home for a nice steak and mashed potatoes dinner with cream cheese pumpkin pie for desert. Dinner of the champions. Ill be giving the boys some hot mash for dinner, sprinkled with sugar. Dinner of the champion horses xD
-Nikki, Lauren, Anna,
-Cousteau, Dante, Sonny
After 21 Years of horses, you'd think I'd be bored
Well let me tell you, working with horses?
I'm Never Bored