After the first show that Ridge went to, we had a hurricane that dumped 10″ of rain on us and then last week we had another storm that brought more rain. Riding has been hit or miss but thankfully Ridge is the type of horse that just doesn’t care a little bit about a consistent schedule.
On Thursday, I remembered there was a hunter show this weekend at the local indoor. I personally dread hunter shows but will do them if I have to 🙂 I thought Whitney would be interested because she is a person who loves hunter shows and just showing in general. She was so excited so plans were made.
Ridge got his bath nice and early this morning and off we went. He was a tiny bit jazzed up in the outdoor ring which cracks me up 🙂 His silly is trotting faster like a giraffe. He saw a grey pony and just had no clue what to make of it. This is him a bit awake.
The wonderful thing was we didn’t have to wait to long for our warmup so we headed into the indoor. He walked into the indoor like he had seen one before and was flat-footed and relaxed. There were tons of people and just total chaos. I counted a few falls that resulted in loose ponies and horses one of which ran right up past Ridge. He seems to thrive in this environment. He was on a loopy rein just having a trot around. Whitney tried to squeeze in a few jumps with people going every which way. He just hopped over everything very quietly.
There wasn’t a lot of room to work with during the flat classes but he didn’t seem to mind. I was most impressed with his jumping because I really do not drill the jumping with him at home. He is still so green and lacking in muscle that I have focused on forward and straight rather than jump..jump..jump. He doesn’t look at the jumps and although he still jumps with legs going every direction you can just see his natural talent shine through. He never gets flustered and he just gets better as he goes. He sleeps in between classes and then happily goes in the indoor away from the crowd like it is just no big deal. He is so grown up for a 4y at his second show.
He is figuring out how to work his parts and it is so cute!
Tired horse will all of his ribbons
We haven’t advertised him yet as we just wanted him to get stronger, fitter and gain some weight and muscle. It is really hard to believe he only has two months of retraining under him. He is a horse that is so easy that you almost have to tell yourself to just take your time. He is now ready to move along into his new home. I can tell you there will be some very sad people when he goes.