Dilemma - long but please give opinions.
I'm currently leasing a pony who is a bit green, but coming along in her training very quickly.
I have a 4H show coming up at the end of the month, but it is two hours out of where I live.
If I go, the plan is to just use it as a training show to get the pony used to being ridden in new arenas and places before we put money into bigger shows...
My dilemma lies in the fact that we would being leaving on a Friday to arrive at the show grounds, and be there Saturday, Sunday, and then leave on Sunday, but my pony would get trailered to our hauler's farm - not her own home. Then, on Monday, she would return home. (So in total, she'd be gone about 3.5 days and be stabled with different horses at two different locations).
All of our classes are on Saturday. The horses won't be kept in stalls, but rather panels on grass with tarped shelters from what I understand. http://www.fleenorgates.com/horse_panel_in_package.JPG
(something like that).
This is the pony's first real show - and it is not possible (unless I rent a trailer and haul her myself.. which I don't feel is worth it) to trailer her home Saturday evening, or Sunday morning for that matter.
If she was going to be staying in a stall at the show, I'm sure I'd be a bit more comfortable with her just sitting around on the show grounds for a few days ...doing nothing, but in those panels, I'm worried that she may become stressed out or bored (as she is a pony who needs her room to run and daily exercise), and the overall experience won't be as positive for her as I would hope a first show to be.
Do you think I should just say screw it, and not take her, or if you were in my situation, would you still be going?
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Seems to me you are answering your own question already. You have pointed out lots of reasons not to take her... You know your horse. If you want this to be a positive experience for her, why not wait until you can do it just for a day instead of all weekend?
I just want to point out that she will be less likely to get bored or stress with the panels as opposed to a stall, because she will be able to look about, it will be open and airy, not dark and claustrophobic, and she will likely have grass to pick.
Are you going to be at the show all weekend? I guess I would go and on the days that you dont show (friday and sunday) I would take the opportunity to ride her around (if that is allowed) to get her out and about with other horses. If you are riding or even leading her around she wont be in the stall and it would be a good chance for both of you to get exposed to showing (not know your showing history) When i first bought April I would bring her to shows that I would be showing my other horse just to get her exposed to new things. Sometimes I didnt even ride her I would just lead her around and we would find the spot in the barn with the most commotion and stall her there for the show. It really helped calm her down when I did take just her to show.
But you must consider your feelings, if you are nervous about it then more then likely your horse will sense it.
I could be at the show all weekend - (I have lots of showing experience). But I just don't see it being as positive as a one-day show.
I decided against taking her,
but I'm getting screwed out $100 over it, so I don't know what to do about that.
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