A couple of weekends ago I hauled Fox about an hour south to the Currituck Rural Center for a day at an Open Horse Show. They had added a Combined Trial for the local eventers and I thought it would be a great way to get my pony some miles without putting too many on my truck or my check book. As you can see from the photo I didn't go all out with the spa treatments mostly due to time and energy the week prior. But despite being a little rough around the edges we did great.
I got Fox a stall for the day(I know all my eventer friends are cringing) but I like having the option of letting Fox loose in a stall to enjoy some hay and companionship of other horses versus tying him to the trailer all day. Not that he actually cares. As long as there is hay available he's content He settled in like a pro and the day just got better from there.
We were late to the dressage warm-up but there were very few entries and the show was extremely laid back about that kind of thing. Mostly with the dressage Fox and I need to work on bendiness. He's very stiff going to the right so as is a common problem with baby horses our circles were less circle-y and more eggish or pear shaped. Not surprising but homework for the rest of the season.
But the excitement came later in the jumping classes. Fox has always been a bit lazy about jumping and a bit looky, as in I will hesitate or pause in front of this fence before I deign to lift my hooves above the ground. That day he did his "look see" on the baby warm-up cross rail and the next time around I lightly popped him on his furry red butt as we got to the fence. He flung himself over like it was the Grand National. And that is how he jumped the two courses in our two classes. It was like he suddenly decided everything was Rolex height and he would do his best to jump the height of the standards. He nearly jumped me out of the tack a couple of times.
Fox finally discovered his inner jumper and let that pony fly! And at the end of the day our reward, other than the lovely experience was this.
Next stop XC schooling with friends at Kelly's Ford before we try to make another assault on that event. Then I think, if we do well, as in we actually complete the event without getting eliminated for something, it will be the end of our eventing season. So until my next tale from the back of the red pony keep it between the flags everyone!