I think I have gotten back into my groove. This is my fourth day in a row of posting a blog post. Yay me! So here we are, day number 4 of my 5 day writing challenge! So let’s get to day number 4 shall we?
One Thing You’d Like to Change About Your Horse
If there was one thing I could change, it would be for both of my horses. And I would change their age.
If I could make both my boys 10 years old again, I totally would. But, they have to have the saneness level that they have right now. Is that asking too much? I don’t think so. I mean if I’m going to dream, might as well dream big right?
Your Horse’s Future
I wish I had a crystal ball to look into and know for sure what each of my horses futures hold. I do know this; they will live out their lives with me. And I also know I will do whatever I can to keep them both happy, comfortable, and healthy.
My horses are a part of my family. I guess they are my fur babies. My real children are all adults now, living their own lives. And for me, I find that having someone, or something to care for gives me a purpose. I love having my horses to care for.
They have both found their forever home, and I hope that I have them both for a very long time to come. Another 10 years isn’t too much to ask for is it?
Your Worst Show Ever
Since I haven’t been to a horse show as a participant in over 20 years, I will have to go back to my very first horse show as my worst show. I wasn’t prepared for what I had gotten myself into at all. I thought I could just practice, sort of, and then go to the show and be spectacular. Oh how wrong I was. I had pieced together my show outfit, and I wore rubber tall boots. I had found a Calliente riding helmet at Goodwill that was tan, and I tried to make it black by coating it with black shoe polish. My show coat was a gray pinstripe blazer from Goodwill, and my breeches were a bright yellowish pair of Breeks (remember those?). Breeks would now be called ‘eeks’.
And my tack. Oh my tack. I had bought a secondhand English saddle for $25.00, and folded a western saddle pad in half for my pad. I didn’t have an English bridle, so I made one out of western bridle parts. I also didn’t have a ring bit, but I bought a tiny one for $5.00 and made it work.
And my horse. My poor horse. Now she was a very good sport, and she was a champion to me. She was safe, and pretty much bombproof. So she marched into the show ring like she had done it every day her entire life. But she was white, and from living outside, her coat was more yellow than white. Her mane and tail were a mess, and I thought it would be a good idea to use black hoof polish on her hooves.
Wow. Just wow.
And looking at all of the other horses, and riders turned out to perfection, I was so embarrassed. But not my dad. Nope, my dad was proud of me. He stood at the ringside while we rode in the one class I committed too, and he was beaming. I had never seen him smile like that before. It was pretty awesome. And one of the best memories I have of my father, who recently passed away. And I know there is a photo somewhere of this, but sadly, we can’t find it.
But that’s ok, the image is firmly in my memory bank for me to refer to as often as I want. And even though that was the worst horse show ever, in a way it was the best too. Because I made my dad proud. And that’s worth more than anything to me.
Favorite Horse Show Venue
I absolutely love the Colorado Horse Park. It’s close, it beautiful, and from being a spectator for the past several years, I have walked every inch of the park so I know where everything is. I guess that has been my homework in preparation for the day when I will get to be a participant instead of just a spectator.
Last year I even got to walk the course where they always have the Grand Prix. And it was awesome walking in that arena. Seeing the ground from the show ring was such a wonderful experience. It solidified my goal of one day showing at the horse park.
Who knows, maybe next summer I actually will get to show there. That is a goal that one day I will achieve.
Your Show Day Routine
I have practiced this more than I have ever showed. And even though I haven’t gone to a show in a very long time, I have practiced this so much, I have it down to a habit. So when the day comes that I get to show, this is what my show day routine will be.
Most likely my first show will be small riding club show, the show day routine will be pretty simple. The night before I will put Plezant in his stall, and he will wear a light cooler to protect his body from stall marks (aka-manure).
And I will also pack my trunk, and have it ready to go before the trailer arrives to transport him to the show.
As the show starts at 8:00, I want to get there early. So I will get up and feed at 5:00 AM, and then the trailer will pick us up around 6:30 AM. The showgrounds are only 15 minutes away, so we will be there before 7:00AM, when the office opens up.
Once we arrive I will take Plezant for a walk to let him see his new surroundings, and then he gets a full hay net to keep him happy while he is tied to the trailer. I have several copies of the class list, so if I lose one, I have an extra. Using a heavy magnet, I can hang up the show list on the trailer so I can easily see how the day will play out.
And to make sure Plezant has enough hay for the day, I will prepare a couple of extra hay nets, and I also bring our own water since that is what he is used to.
And we can’t forget about the people right? So I have a cooler full of water, and sandwiches. Oh, and I always bring my Mio. Because well, I love Mio.
I pack my tack trunk the night before, and it has everything I could possibly need, and backups, just in case.
I look back to my first horse show and think about everything that I did wrong, so that every horse show after that will be done right. That way I can enjoy the day at the show with my horse, and friends.
5 Day Writing Challenge – Day 4
Ok, that is a wrap on day number 4 of my writing challenge. And just in case you were curious about the other days that led u to this one you can read them by clicking the links below:
And be sure to come back tomorrow for the big finale! Day number 5 will be up tomorrow with 5 more things for me to share with you. So please, come back tomorrow!
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