We were totally ready for this show that's coming up on Saturday. The trainer was definitely going to be there, as she's showing her own horse. We've been working on it and I actually feel ready.
The last week or so, Pony has been having issues. He seemed to be struggling in patches of deep sand. I overbent him in one of these and then he ran out of the arena. He's never done that before. And now every time we approach that spot, even at a trot, he wants to run out.
I fell off him hard yesterday. We were doing a combination and I let him get fast to get it in fewer strides. But he got too fast and the tight turn at the end was deep sand, and I guess he put his head down to balance and I went flying. The trainer got on him after that and he was still having problems but she worked him through them.
I guess they used him for a kids lesson today and apparently he stopped short AND ducked out multiple times. This is very unlike him. They had another instructor get on him and she eventually got him through them. She said his saddle was slipping a lot. Also she said he was very spooky today, which isn't like him.
The bodyworker came on Thursday and thought he was a little tender in the back of his saddle area, and when she looked at his saddle she thought it was maybe a bit gappy there. I talked to the barn owner and she's going to bring out the lady who reflocks saddles to take a look.
In the meantime, the show is Saturday. The more I think about it, the less I want to show him at all. This would be his first "real" show and I don't want him to maybe be in pain for it.
So yeah I guess I've decided on that, then. I guess it took me writing it all out to see how obvious it was.
The only thing I'm wondering is whether I should take him just to hang out or not? Historically, when he goes to a new place he really needs to get worked to settle in. Or he needs to be put in an enclosure where he can run around for an hour or so and settle. Neither of these would be happening at this show. He's been to this place several times before, though. So I'm not sure he will need to settle. But having said that, that was with Moonshine.
I'm going to have to get him used to going places on his own, but I'm not sure this is the best atmosphere to start doing it. What do you guys think?