It’s Been Awhile

In all honesty, I am 6 days from showing for the first time since I was 17. I spent that time at college, working a job with zero financial flexibilty, and then getting O back to feeling fabulous. So needless to say that I am maybe a little bit anxious about hitting the show ring next weekend. I used to be an old pro at this stuff, and hope that it comes back quickly.

Our very first show together!

Our very first show together!

I’m very lucky to board at one of the more popular show venues in my area, so it’s not like I have to go anywhere that day. Just to my normal arena.

That said. I’d love to hear if anyone has any last minute schooling advice for this ammie taking her first stab at the show ring as an adult!

We are showing in the 2 foot stuff next weekend. I’m not worried about heights, but rather just want a really positive show experience for pony, so we can continue to push forward and upward over the show season.

Ride report:
O is shedding like a crazy horse. Thank goodness.
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Pony was really good, just sassy which is fine.
Our canter departures are getting easier, and less mare (swishy tails and head flailing) orientated.
I was really impressed with our trot work today as she was super soft and forward. Still poking that nose of hers a bit, but hopefully we can work on the ‘freight train’ look even more this week.
O and I have toured the now open outdoor arena and she was great in it, totally relaxed. It will be the warm up ring next weekend, so I wanted to be sure everything would be good to go.

This isn't so scary.

This isn’t so scary.

Tackling the new ring like a boss.

Tackling the new ring like a boss.

17 thoughts on “It’s Been Awhile

  1. Awesome that you guys can have your first show at your home yard – for O, it might not even feel like a show, allowing you to concentrate on your riding instead of her spookiness 🙂
    Good luck!

  2. I did a similar thing — took time off from showing during college and came back in my mid-20s. My best advice? Have fun and try to relax! Ride the horse you have that day, and make it your goal to have a learning experience! I learned so much about myself and my horse in our first shows together, and while that didn’t really make us super competitive, it helped set the stage for future success 🙂

    Good luck!!

  3. I took a ten year hiatus and then showed my then 17 year old TB. So much fun. We didn’t win anything but I stayed on and he was awesome. I was only riding once or twice a week and my trainer was gracious reminding me the competition was riding daily. I wasn’t there to beat anyone – just to enjoy my horse and grow as a rider. Have a blast!

  4. I was in the same boat last year – hadn’t been in a show ring since I was a teenager (and even then it was Western Pleasure). Sounds like your head is in the right place. I like to ride like it’s any other day…just with my heels down a little more and my chin up! 🙂

    I also recommend taking it one class at a time. If something didn’t go quite like you wanted in the first one, focus on fixing it in the next one. This can help each ride get better and better throughout the day – and gives your horse a good experience, too.

    Don’t sweat the small stuff. Have fun. Smile at the gate keeper – it makes them happy. You’ll do great!

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