|13500 stitches, 30 days work|
Sadly just before the show our temperatures dropped again. I worked until five on Saturday and then did a quick Roscoe clean up. I used a bucket of hot water with a dash of whitening shampoo to clean his muddy stockings. His feathers froze pretty quickly, but they were cleaner. A shave and some mane pulling made him look less winter rough.
Show day dawned and it was freaking cold. I told Peggy the wrong turn so we were a bit later than I wanted to be. That seemed to be the theme. Lauren was a bit later and so was the judge. Since I was supposed to work, I asked for an early ride time for Roscoe. She was going to ride first, but ended up going second. This was a tough show from the moment he got off the trailer.
Roscoe gave Peggy a hard time because there were cows in the field by the parking area. My bug eyed little stallion did not know how to handle the bawling aliens. I had to hold him while Lauren tacked him up. We decided to bring him to the warm up ring before putting his bridle on. Of course the farmer decided to feed the cows at that point and it took a bit to get Roscoe to leave the area. He did not want to turn his back on those weird things. Then he kept looking for cows around every corner.
|My pony looks awesome|
When we got him bridled and Lauren on, he was full of it. Then the farm owner wanted to try and drag the arena. Horses running and the tractor pushed his buttons. Roscoe reared up and needed to move. They let her go into the indoor. Well Roscoe has a long memory and remembered the scary waterfall at E and decided the sun beams were just as scary. Lauren did not get much of a warm up. She walked him, a bit of trot and cantered right a couple of circles. Then the cranky judge kicked everyone out. The outdoor was too frozen to allow for anything more than walk. When it was time for her test Lauren asked for a little time. She got two left lead canter circles in before the judge rang the bell. Roscoe was not ready, but time was up.
Overall the test reflected the lack of warm up. He spooked big time at E and a bit before. He cantered and maintained, an improvement from last time. Then spooked again after the walk transition. He scored well for his trot transition and was better to the right, though he was late on his canter transition. He is determined to be crooked on his halts. That is something we will be working on. I know Lauren was not happy. She is very competitive. I told her these shows are for experience and he did work. They ended up third out of five with a score that was close to his December score.
For me it was good to see that a lot of what we are dealing with is young, green show pony and it is not aggravated by my nerves too much. That will give me more confidence at the next show.
|Sprieser Sporthorse Plug :)|
I had my follow up appointment for my gastro issues and got a prescription that will hopefully put me in remission. I am looking forward to having more energy and being able to build back my muscle so I can keep up with Roscoe.
Ah well now to get to bed and get ready for another 14hr day of inventories.