@PoptartShop, yay for a year of owning Promise! Thankfully she didn't! She was just fine for the show, whew. Ugh to all your boss did! I'd be so annoyed!! Yay for moving Promise soon!!
@phantomhorse13, haha, yes! Nick tells me I don't HAVE to buy pictures at every show... but how can you not?! And that baby is the sweetest thing ever! Yay for more ride time! And I'm sorry about Mia :(
@JCnGrace, thank you! And yeah, she was due this past weekend (well, "due" lol). She was a maiden that actually read the book on how to have a foal, so they got super lucky! Yay Little Miss! Glad the farrier went well overall! UGH to the ticks! We've pulled so many off the horses already this year, and one off Kaleb. They creep me out so bad! I HATE them! And oh Gamble, silly old man!
@TuyaGirl, they were released :) I don't like fish at all, so have no desire for them to come home lol they just have fun catching and releasing. And thank you! I'm rather lucky Nick loves us all so much! Thankfully, Izzie didn't hurt herself. But we made interesting discoveries this weekend. I loved snuggling that baby this weekend! She's the cutest thing EVER! Hope you had a good weekend! I'm sorry your boss is being so bad. I only see two pictures, but they are adorable!
What a long, mixed emotion weekend.
Thursday I was late getting down there as it was kind of a cluster trying to get everything moving. Thankfully Diego was in the barn when I went to grab Izzie, and the creek wasn't up, so I at least got lucky there. After the exhibitor party we worked the two horses on the trail course. Not only did we have to tackle the bridge, but there was also a small cross rail. Newsflash: Izzie will never make a jumper haha!
Friday morning the judge was LATE. Like, thought she was judging Saturday and Sunday, not Friday and Saturday. Coming from north of Columbus to Frankfort, KY. Oops. Then Izzie lost to a main ring Country English Pleasure horse in sport horse in hand, which did NOT make any of us happy (including my friend whose mare won the half arabian supreme championship; I handle that mare as well). Nick was fuming mad when he finally got down there too. Thankfully, I was able to get all of the sport horse stuff done before the trail stuff, so didn't have to worry about braiding and unbraiding. Izzie did ok, but tried to swing around too much when side passing. Judge was a bit generous, but I think we picked up points in other spots. She won all four of her trail in hand classes, with competition in three of them. Diego did an outstanding job, and held his own alright against seasoned trail horses. His first run earned him a 69.5, and his second run a very respectable 72.5! We also discovered he LOVES to jump. I told Nick not to let go of the lead at all heading to the jump as Diego would drag him right over it. He got sixth in his first class, and THIRD out of six in his second! I was super proud!
Saturday was under saddle. My friend with the national champion horse was able to get him around the ring Friday night, so had entered two classes with me. And boy is that horse STUNNING. Saw another national champion rider (who I am also friends with!) on her baby, and turned to Nick going "I will be pleased as punch if I take third behind those two!" I'm warming up and something just still isn't right. Izzie is still trying to cross fire and just overall not ok. I'm beyond frustrated and want to just quit in that moment. I walk up to Nick and he goes "she hasn't moved the same since she had her shoes put on." I look over and see the girl who hands out ribbons in the ring... and realize her husband, a farrier, is there. I have her call him over, and ask him to take the shoes off Izzie. He looked at me like I was insane. I told him "right now we are already going to blow the classes as is. May as well see if this is the cause." So he pulled the shoes. And on her left hind shoe, he found a nail that had come out of her foot, and bent up under the shoe. It's amazing that Izzie merely cross fired and didn't full on rodeo bronc instead. She immediately started moving A TON better.
Off I went into the first class. I kept her a bit conservative since they normally ask for an extended trot, and it wows the judge more. Only, they didn't. I got fourth out of six. Second class I let her out a bit more... and got third behind the national champions :) the show hack class we kind of blew (out of two) since we didn't walk super well first direction, but the judge was like "her extended trot is INCREDIBLE!" I told her I understood we'd blown the class when I was fighting to get her to walk. We were all alone in the championship class, but the judge made sure to call for the extended after that haha!
Diego... didn't get the warm up he needed for the first class, and opted to run the Derby. So deserved sixth out of six. Second class he was much better and got fifth out of six. But then he went against too much competition for a third out of three, and he was a bit tired on top of that for the championship class, so didn't place. But he progressively got better, and Nick was thrilled with how he himself did regardless of the placings! So I was happy!
We topped off the night in native costume, which was fun. I forgot to change the bit, which Izzie once again reminded me she hated, but she listened fairly well to my seat lol
Couple pictures and video :)
Nick trail classes :)
My favorite junior rider riding Izzie right after costume. I told her it was even more important she not touch Izzie's mouth that nice since Izzie herself had snorted, hit the bit, flung her head vertical, and blamed me for her hitting the bit... she's fun like that lol
Day after the show
Last night trying on big sister's costume bridle after we changed the bit and put the headpiece back on
Happy horses outside
And I got to meet the baby Friday night!! She's so perfect!