Well horses being horses, the mare was a complete rockstar. The only run-out we had was more pilot error than anything. On the morning of the second day I also showed the mare in an Extreme Cowboy event, mostly because my mom was doing it and the mare's done it before so why not. She warmed up well and we were the first ride of the day. When I went in and asked her to pick up a canter she started bucking. And I mean bucking, not just hopping around. My rein snapped and I bailed off. Turns out, in Extreme Cowboy, you have 60 seconds to catch and remount if you want to continue. I got back on the mare and managed to complete the course without an issue. I've never seen her buck before or since so I'm not sure what happened but I quickly loaded up and was off to have a great second day to my clinic.
The mare got a mini vacation at my moms horse before we did the Cochrane HT. We had a great weekend. We had two XC refusals but we jumped the ditch and finished on a number! Things were really looking up.
|It's the last fence. Can you tell I was pleased with her?|
The next weekend was the Sidesaddle Clinic at the BarU (which is a whole post on it's own). The mare was a delight the whole weekend, even jumping aside!
|So much fun!!!|
And then there was Thompson Country HT. What a weekend. I thought dressage on Friday went pretty well but I felt I was tense and our corners definitely lacked polish. Turns out the judge disagreed. We were sitting in 1st out of a very competitive division of 30+!!!!
To say I was disappointing would be an understatement. I had reached the end of my rope. Between the rearing, the bucking and the stopping I was getting scared and discouraged. I'm a good rider but I also have a physical limitation with my weak ankle that also compromises my balance. After the rearing incident I had contacted a trainer friend of mine to inquire about putting some training on the mare. We had decided that she would head down in August since the trainer would be gone for 10 days to go to Rebecca Farm. She was at the event and offered to take the mare a few weeks early as she had room on her trailer. So I loaded the mare into her trailer and wished her luck.
|When she is good, she is so good!|