I know y’all are probably tired of hearing about the show… but hey it’s a slow week and I promise this is more entertaining than me blog about trying to lunge Simon over the log jumps last night when I went out to pay board and check on him.
Overall this show pointed out to me (roughly at times) how much I have to learn and how much work we have to do. I already went over how the classes themselves went, but the whole experience itself was some trial and error.
Not wearing a coat.
Yes, even in 107 degree heat there were lots of riders in hunt coats. I need to remember that I do not do well in the heat, and for the level of showing I’m doing right now… a polo shirt is juuuuuust fine. I also bought an Adidas Climacool polo shirt off of Amazon, and loved it. If you need a LIGHTWEIGHT, sweat wicking, breathable polo shirt – get Climacool. They seem to run a bit big though, so I will be ordering a smaller one for our next summer show.
Oh. My. God. Y’all. This is going to have a whole review post devoted to its amazingness, so I will refrain from saying more now.
I had a great experience going to my first show with my new trainer/barn. Everything was smooth, she was very positive when she needed to be and gave me great feedback before, during and after my courses. I’ve been very happy with the move, but after the show it confirmed just how happy I am in our current situation!
Bringing show snacks.
I know this is dumb, but I usually only pack for the horse and never for me. This has literally left me at a show with no water for myself, because by the time I was done showing the concession stand was closed and I was too busy taking care of my horse to go before it closed. Also, most concession food is nasty and makes me want to puke with nerves/heat. This time I brought TONS of water and sports drinks, and packed string cheese, plain rolls, carrots/dip, and a lunch meat rollup thing. All fairly protein heavy and in small snack sizes so my stomach could tolerate it.
Showing a height down from schooling.
For me, going smaller is the right plan. For the first time ever, I didn’t worry about the fence height or how scary they were. That’s huge for me.
What Didn’t Work
Pulling bell boots off while Simon was tied up.
This is going to merit it’s own post… with illustrations. I’m still shaking my head at how all that went down – literally.
Hacking in a small ring.
Right now, if the ring is small and crowded I need to scratch from the hack entirely. Tiny ponies flying at Simon and around him just blew his poor little TB brain wide open – and he’s usually a level headed guy.
The 15 minute lunging session.
I’m not trying to say I need to lunge him to death… but I need to lunge him to death. LOL Jk! I do however, need not to let him fool me into thinking he is tired… he is not tired. Will lunge in multiple locations and bump the time up some.
My Mattes pad.
I usually ride with a square pad underneath my Mattes half pad, but for the show I just rode in the pad itself. Well, it gave him hives. All over his back. They were kinda ouchy after schooling, and I’m certain ouchy by the time we were done. Next time I will show with a fleece fitted pad under the Mattes pad… and use less Melp when washing it.
Conditioning my reins the night before.
Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Slippery. ‘Nuff said.
What kind of things do you know do or don’t work when you go horse show? I can use all the help I can get!