Bronchitis, horse shows, and 17 degree weather don’t make for a good mix. Needless to say, the first show of the academy season won’t go down as one of my favorites.
Friday night, I rode Harley for the first time in a few weeks. It was a rough ride, to say the least. We walked/trotted/cantered, and then tried to do the serpentine pattern. That was ugly. Couldn’t even post the first two times I tried it. Finally started getting it down, but I still wasn’t feeling good about doing it in public.
Yesterday morning, I headed to the new show location a little early. Too early, actually. I wasn’t sure where it was, or how long it would take to get there. I was in the first two classes and didn’t want to miss them. Instead, I was first person there, and all of the horses were late. For both of the other barns. Now I know not to leave so early.
I helped get the three horses off the trailer, and then started getting Harley ready. He was perfect in the warm up, but I had a terrible time getting him to stay in the canter during the classes. Both directions. The pattern class was last, with rail work and then the pattern. I didn’t feel that I made any mistakes during this, but couldn’t keep him moving at a consistent speed during the pattern.
Laurie managed to spill a cup of hot chocolate on Zoe’s riding pants, and then dumped a cup of coffee on a horse cooler. We need a new rule whenever she’s around – no beverages for you! Usually she just spills on herself, though.
I liked the new location, and I liked that there are fewer classes. There were about 4 turbo heaters going, so it wasn’t uncomfortably cold.
Next time I want to take Nyk. I already mentioned this and was told that we would. I want to see what he’s like at an academy show before taking him to a big one.
I was pretty tired by the time I got home at noon. We went to Mexico Lindo for lunch, and I spent most of the rest of the day napping – don’t want to be sick on vacation!