Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Let's get ready to show!

Part of me is so excited that show season kicks off this Saturday!

And then the other part of me--the one driving to the barn in a Benadryl haze at 6:30 this morning--is like, I hate driving. I hate driving the trailer especially. So much brain power. Why does an hour and a half feel like five hours when you're hauling? I hate parking this thing, too. If everyone else could park like responsible citizens it wouldn't be so bad. Maybe. And my horse is probably going to be an asshole on the ground. And he doesn't stay on the trailer when I load him. What an asshole. Doesn't he know how much I hate hauling anyway?

BUT MOSTLY EXCITED!

super excited to braid this thing and make him look even cuter

I have realistic expectations for this debut. He's entered in Training 1 and 3 (because 2 was super long on paper so I didn't even bother reading it to see if I wanted to do it). I opted to pass right over Intro not because Opie is so amazingly advanced, but because I felt like Training gives you a lot more room to set up for each movement which is something he really needs. Basically I opted for Training instead of Intro because my horse isn't amazingly advanced.

As such though, after stalking my fellow competitors, we're going up against quite a few horses showing First already. We've got plenty of basics we're still working on: he curls behind the bit some still, his stretchy trot stretches down but not out, and his canter can be erratic.

Green to the level? More like green to horsing.

that bleach white tail always makes me happy even when the rest of him is
lightening way too fast

That's okay though! While of course I would love to come home slinging blue ribbons left and right, I have grown up goals for him instead. Things like, Stay in the arena. Pick up the correct lead. Maybe do not try to convince everyone you're dying of exhaustion and stop to take a nap halfway through the test.

I actually am feeling completely stress-free about how the riding is going to go. I'm only concerned about how much of a fuss he's going to make about the trailer and the three hour wait time between tests. Please do not make this a miserable experience for me, you naughty fucker.

"please get me my own fly mask
instead of this janky thing i'm wearing."

Is anyone else showing this weekend? Or do you live in the land of warm weather and are already months into show season?

19 comments:

  1. YAY! So exciting! I hear you on the goals; mine are stay on the horse and stay in the ring haha. I am showing on Sunday at the farm where I have been taking lessons, so super low key and hopefully a great first outing in the dressage ring!

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  2. How exciting!! I hope for a quiet load and unloading in both directions for Opie and a fun day for you both! Can't wait to read all about it!! :)

    I could have been showing this week but didnt sign up for Fair Hill...I am glad i didn't as it is supposed to be 88 this week. Um Remus would have been like yeah i will be here under this tree mom while you go jump all the jumps!! :) ha ha ha

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  3. Our real show season hasn’t even started yet here haha. I wish I were showing but also need all the time I can get to work on the ground work stuff and like you, that’s the stuff that keeps me up at night. Baby/inexperienced horses are such a pain sometimes!

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  4. YOU GUYS WILL BE THE BEST SNOOT OF TH DAY

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  5. Good luck!! Fingers crossed all goes well, especially the trailering and ground manners stuff, that can really make or break the day. We make our show ring debut (well, schooling show) of the year next weekend. I am expecting some shit from mine too. I am helping out at some shows this weekend though! All horse shows all the time.

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  6. Eeeeee yay for The Dopie Debut!!!!!

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  7. Show season started a while ago here, but it's finally not raining all the time and we can actually enjoy things now. Good luck with trailering to the show.

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  8. I'm pretty sure I'm never going to show again. And also I'm so glad you have the same angst about trailering and parking that I do. That's always the most stressful part of showing for me... Just getting there!
    I can't wait to read about how it goes for you guys! I hope Opie is patient and doesn't scream too much!

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  9. Bwahahaah, show season is over here at the end of this month, at least until fall. Not that I've actually been to any shows or anything.

    Good luck this weekend, and I'll cross my fingers for a well-behaved bebeh horse! He looks faaahbulous!

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  10. Exciting!! I hope Opie brings his A-game and you both have a good time!

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  11. Yup! Schooling show. We just did our first recognized show of the season last weekend, his first dressage show ever. He screamed like a maniac comin off the trailer and in warm up but settled quick. Considering the spooky show ring set up I was quite pleased with him. This weekend is a CT, it’s our first time jumping away from home. Hope OP is great! Have fun!

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  12. Very exciting! Best of luck this weekend =)

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  13. The horse in my tiny little profile picture was also capable of a silver-white tail with much persistence, so I totally understand the satisfaction that comes with that victory haha! Hoping The Snoot and yourself have a chill and uneventful debut! :)

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  14. So exciting! Good luck to you and Opie this weekend!

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  15. We're not showing until the end of the month... at which point I hope to have realistic "please just remember how to horse" goals, LOL

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  16. Good luck at his debut!!!!

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  17. Good luck at his first show! I can't wait to see him all braided and spiffy. Opie, behave your damn self. We are just starting to look at the calendar:)

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  18. Priorities of baby horse owners lol love it!

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