2’3" at an Open Show

I finally made Rob a stall sign. It’s official!

I have not been in the mood to journal lately. The stuff I’m doing at work is boring and exhausting and I just haven’t had the energy to write. BUT it’s been a fairly eventful week/weekend, so I need to catch up!

Louie and Yogi in the grass pasture!

Thursday I went out and rode bareback again (Bareback #6!). The outdoor was wet, so I was stuck in the indoor…which ordinarily is perfect for bareback, but I’m ready to move up, and I don’t feel comfortable cantering in the slippery and tight indoor.

I worked on my position more – I think it’s becoming natural, at least at the walk, for me to keep my legs beneath me instead of in front of me. Then I practiced some posting trot, which was hard work but felt really good. Then I did some pole courses, which was very fun. I tried to concentrate on controlling her shoulders and bending with my seat and legs.

I went out to take a picture of all three of them…but of course Robbye thought I was coming out to love on her ❤

Friday I was planning on staying home, since Robbye needed a day off (and so did I!), but then Julie found a local show with jumping classes, so I ended up going out to the barn anyway…to do “show prep” that I never ended up doing. Ya, I did all my show prep the morning of. It was actually pretty nice, and only took an hour and a half!

It’s been messed up at this point, but I was really happy with the way this tail braid came out.

So Saturday was show day. I got to the barn and cleaned Rob’s sock and face, clipped and trimmed, braided, vacuumed, packed, and loaded. I was nervous that the show would be a bunch of peanut rollers, but that was happily not the case. There were a couple horses there who would have given Rob some really good competition, had she done her best.

Unfortunately, she was extremely distracted (although she attempted neither bolts nor bucks!) and just did not perform as well as she should have. We warmed up perfectly, and then entered our first class – hunter x-rails. This is when she realized two things: 1. She didn’t feel like picking up her bad lead today, and 2. The poles on the jumps are plastic. UGH. So we proceeded to crash through four classes on the incorrect leads.

We did definitely have some good moments, and the video of our last class makes us look decent. This was actually the only class we didn’t get last place in. Woo!

(We also “made” $5 with our placings, so the total cost of the show was $18 for four classes. Definitely worth it.)

Oh, and I should mention that the fences were 2’3″ – another new max height!

My cool matching garment bag and boot bags. I love these so much.
Robbye’s show halter and the halter tag Julie got for us.
Robbye’s mane post-braid. So cute.

Sunday I was not in the mood and neither was Robbye, so we had a short and quiet dressage ride. We worked on our square exercise a bit and did some transitions, but we just didn’t feel like working – Instead, we stood in the shade and watched my instructor ride. I finished the ride extremely frustrated with my own lower leg, after watching hers. I just don’t understand how to keep it still while posting. I don’t get it!

Monday, Julie, Yogi, Rob and I headed to Caesar’s Creek Lake Park for a long trail ride. Overall, it was okay. There were a few awesome parts (galloping along the creek!) and one horrible part (walking along a muddy cliff with two feet falling off the edge), but overall it was just meh. I just don’t really enjoy trail riding, and I’m not yet convinced that Rob loves them either. She was much more interested in flirting with Yogi!

Tuesday Rob got the day off, and I got to clean all of my leather in preparation for our big show this weekend. I also tried to clean my cheap dressage saddle, but it didn’t get clean. This weekend I may try cleaning it with a hose…

This week is sorta lazy. Today we’re practicing 2’6″ (going to try to make it 2’7″ or 2’8″) for this weekend’s class. Tomorrow I have D&D, which means Robbye gets another day off. Friday is our lesson, as well as show prep. Saturday is the show, which means a very early start. Sunday will probably be another day off for both of us.

…Okay, maybe it’s not lazy after all. ACK!

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