The first horse show of 2016 is in the books. The first show since Fizzy completed his 30 days of professional training. Overall, he was much improved and looked terrific. We have not purchased photos from this show, but we might depending on how the rest of the year goes. They can be seen in this album over at Stevie B Photos: Bluegrass Select 3 Gaited Country Pleasure. She got a few really great shots of Fizzy and I! Better than any in previous years, partly because she’s a great photographer and partly because he looks SO MUCH better this year!
Special thanks to my Mom who got these few great shots of us on the rail!
Things we learned at this show:
1. Make sure to check, double check, and triple check your tack before you get on. Malfunctions and oversights happen. Make sure you’re good before you get on and go warm up.
2. You have a voice, use it. If you practice at home in speaking to your horse and giving voice commands, and he executes it perfectly that way, don’t suddenly forget you have a voice when you get in the ring. Be understanding of why your horse may have been confused on what you were asking.
3. When the right people are behind you, any loss can feel like a win. We made it to the show and in the ring with the perfect cheering section, and that’s all a girl can really hope for.
4. When you get stuck for 2 hours dead stopped on the interstate with a horse in tow, anything is fair game, such as watering your horse with blue Gatorade. Peeing in a bucket in the horse trailer not excluded, either.
Said Traffic, at least the sunset was pretty:
5. At the end of the long, long horse show days, all that really matters is that you arrive home safely and have a happy horse!
Also a special thanks to Cindy for the video and commentary!