16. One thing you'd like to change about your horse
It's a tossup between making her less of a witch about the aids and getting rid of the wing on her right front. But I can live with both.
Gosh, I don't know. I'm worried she's going to be too big to have a sport horse job, but I can't be sure of anything until she's grown. I suppose I wish she didn't have feathers, but clippers will take care of that!
|SO. MUCH. HAIR.|
17. Your horse's future
Well, she'll spend the winter working mostly on flatwork and some introductions to jumping. When she's ready, we'll take her to some small shows in the hunter ring, because it's a kinder introduction to showing than the jumpers. We'll skip the under saddle classes and just do the over fences stuff, because she's not going to really be a hunter and there's no point in putting a thoroughbred in the position of cantering in a circle with a bunch of other horses if that isn't going to be her job in life. Eventually, when she's ready, to the jumper ring she'll go. I hope. After we've had our fun for, I hope, many years, I'll let her retire to being a trail horse and maybe she can have a foal or two, if I'm in the financial position to raise myself a couple babies from scratch. We'll see.
She really just needs to have a good life. She's not bred for anything in particular, except maybe driving, which I have less than no interest in. I could see her being a foxhunter. But for now, she will grow up and I'll start her under saddle when she's three and go from there.
18. Your worst show ever
Dudes, don't even get me started. I've had stops, I've fallen off, I've gone off course, I've done everything wrong. Made every mistake. I had a show recently in which the horse would. not. go. in. the. ring. He reared, threw an enormous hissy fit, freaked out the ring steward. When we finally got in there, he wouldn't jump a stick. I wanted to die for days after that.
19. Favorite horse show venue
|KHP. I just want to trot through all the lanes forever.|
I love the Kentucky Horse Park and the Virginia Horse Center. Haven't shown at either place in years.
|I've had some good times in this ring at the Virginia Horse Center.|
Ha, these days there's barely a routine because there hasn't been much showing. I've had the horse and the tack clean for days leading up to it, but I do a final spit shine the night before. Get the horse(s) on the trailer, get to the venue, check out the courses. I usually have to coach kids in the hunter ring for awhile, so I do that, and then I learn the jumper courses. Hop on the horse, warm up, go in the ring, and ride. This weekend I think I have to ride in the hunter ring a little to see if a couple of our school horses will jump around at a show and behave themselves, but I don't think it will change the routine much. I don't know, I don't really get bad show nerves or anything.