Our only real goal for the War Horse Show was to end on a number and not a letter with Jack. With Riley, it was to show him off to potential buyers and just have fun. The other goal with Jack was just to experience our first overnight show together, which was exceptionally revealing in helping me understand my new horse’s brain.
Things I learned my horse will get anxious about:
- Being left in his stall
- Other horses whinnying
- A random fence not on course in the showjumping ring
- Footing, particularly going downhill
- Leaving his buddies
Things I learned my horse will not get anxious about (even if I do):
- Horses galloping toward him and away
- Crazy horses in warmup
- Being put to work
Things I learned/remembered about myself:
- Seriously, I must walk my course 3 times. 3 TIMES!!!
- My friends are the bomb-diggity
- If I tell myself to dig deep, I can and will. No more excuses for riding like a sack of potatoes!
- I really need to find my damn pinny holder
- Porta-potty advertising is the best advertising (as a show that is)
- I can ask more of Jack and expect him to rise to the occasion
There are so many things that I walked away from the show knowing that I can implement next time. The more exposure and miles we get together, the better off we are going to be!