Note to self: plan a show better. This week was so busy, and stressful with the show and all my school work, but I’m glad its over!
Thursday, since the other horse my trainer had there had a meltdown the day before, she focused much of her attention on Libby. I was super excited to see her go in the flat class, surely she would get a ribbon in there, and I wanted to see how she was over fences being a bit more comfortable in the ring the second day.
So we got to the ring and my trainer quickly warmed her up and we got her into the flat class, of which they DID NOT split. I couldn’t understand why they wouldn’t split a baby green flat class that had to so many horses in it, but what ever. Libby went in and was such a good girl. Horses were freaking out all around her, missing leads, and she handled herself really well! I was super excited during the lineup to hear her number, since she;d done so well and shes a cute mover. They started calling out the numbers and I knew she isn’t going to get anything, in this flat class or in the over fences classes. They horse that pinned first was ATROCIOUS, and was the horse the had flipped out and swapped his leads, but I knew that there was something underhanded going on with the judging. Out of the 8 horses that pinned 4 had issues in the flat that the judge just couldn’t have noticed. I was extremely dissappointed, mostly at this show. HITS is the only real rated show in the area, and if its this overrun with this kind of dirty judging, I really wanted no part. Even at home, a horse that deserves it will place.
Anyways, got Libby ready for her over-fences classes, and she looked great. We had switched her bit, per my request, from a corkscrew to a smooth snaffle. She could have used the slow twist, but the smooth snaffle was what we had, so I wanted my trainer to use it on her. She was just way to sensitive to the other bit. Got in the ring for our first trip, and everything looked great. Until Libby ‘supposedly’ spooked in the far corner, missed her change, and my trainer excused herself. Yes, excused herself. I was super upset, not so much at Libby, who I am certain needs a bit more work on her changes, but at my trainer for leaving the ring. I want Libby to know that this is her job, she doesn’t get to be finished and leave after one mistake. But I held it together for our second trip which was LOVELY. Landed every change, jumped everything awesome, I was so proud of her!! I didn’t even wait for the ribbon calling, since I knew something was going on, and sure enough when I checked them online that night three of the horses that had pinned had had very bad chips and one even had a missed change.
Overall was very happy with Libby. I was so proud of her for being such a good show pony, she even has the waiting along ringside down pat. 😉
After the show, and giving Libby lots of kisses and treats, I rushed over to school to do my exams, turn in my essays, and get that all sorted out. And then Friday, today, I moved Libby to the new farm.
Everything went well, except some of my stuff has gone missing, I’ve been assured that they will find it, but Libby loaded right up. Weirdly enough, when I got her off of the trailer she had cut herself, on what we don’t know, but she was a bit frazzled. But she settled into the new place really quick. I’m giving her today and Saturday off since she was such a good girl at the show, but I’m going to go out tomorrow and walk her around and play with her a bit.
I didn’t get pictures of her over fences unfortunately, I might buy some from the professional photographer but man are they expensive, but I do have the candids my friend took of us on Wednesday. She also took video of our Wednesday trips, but she hasn’t had time to upload them for me so I’ll get them on here as soon as I get them 🙂