Despite the fact that I had to wake up at 5am on the one day a week I get to sleep in, I must say that today was a pretty fantastic day!
See that my friends? That is a blue ribbon! I finally, finally did it!! And we did it in a Pleasure class where I had to canter!! Not too bad considering the fact that I learned how to do it yesterday. We got 2nd in Equitation Novice (another Canter Class, but someone was on the wrong diagonal. We won't name names) and we got 3rd in W/T Equitation - Open and W/T Equitation Pleasure- Open. I also got 3rd in Showmanship! Not to bad of a day! I was most excited about my 3rd places because they were big classes. My Novice classes not so much. But, regardless, I finally did it.
AND to make things more exciting!! I also won High Point Novice! I was hoping I'd get a ribbon but instead I got a gift card for Starbucks. I'm excited about that since I have been coffee deprived due to massive vet bills.
We did 5 classes and the Monster was a CHAMP! Usually she gets tired and quites after 2 classes, but she never gave up on me! It was funny. She refused to leave the arena because the gate steward was giving out carrots to the first place, somehow the Morgan became the only horse at the show to get a carrot no matter what. She has a way of talking people into doing things for her.
We got back to the barn and I went and worked at the other barn with the Giant Warmbloods. There's a new TB there who is CRAZY. Not so much crazy I'm sure as adjusting to his new surroundings. He spooks at EVERYTHING. I get less crap from my TB. He and I had a few come to Jesus moments and he settled down.
At my barn I decided to chance it and hand walk Denali outside, un-drugged. She's been so calm and such a good girl, I thought I'd try it.... Plus, I am going to wait to see what the vet says about a different sedative. Thanks instigatorkate.
Seriously, I almost cried she was so good. She listened to me the entire time (we've been working on listening to voice commands) and didn't spook at ANYTHING! Even when a pony friend of hers jumped out from behind a tree. Nothing, angel, and I love her more and more! I think me freaking out on her last week helped her to realize that I am in charge and she can trust me.
I put her in her stall and she just stood there staring at me. It was super cute! Then she tried to dribble water down Ophie's mom, but she moved before Denali could manage to get her. D did manage to blow crap all over us though.
I love my horse! I love her, I love her, I love her. I know I can type this, but I really wish there was a way for me to preserve my feelings so when I have a bad day (and I tend to have more bad than good.)
Hope everyone else had an amazing weekend as well!!!