Too bad it turned out to be a bit of a flop.
If nothing else, Lilly cleans up nice, doesn't she?
|Not bad for a white horse with a winter coat!|
We tied the girls up on the same side of the trailer and gave them each a bag of hay. Baby insisted on eating out of Lilly's bag, though. They sure do get along well!
|Our two pretty girls!|
Yeah, so M took Baby out and longed her while I tried to perform a very simple showmanship pattern:
And you know, she can't just whinny like "wheeeeeee!!" No, hers goes like this: "Wheeeeeee, wheeeeeeee, wheeeeeeeee, nicker, nicker, blow, blow" so it takes forever to get through it and get past it.
Western classes were next, so it was Lilly's turn to be tied up at the trailer while Baby was showing. M was having as much trouble with Baby as I had with Lilly so she decided to see if she could work the whinny right out of her.
By the way, see that blue roan mare on the left? DROOL!! There was a reining show at the fairgrounds and there were some nice horses there. I wanted that one in the worst kind of way...
Lilly liked being tied to the trailer alone even less than she liked being in her showmanship class. She did a lot of this:
|I shall paw my way to Baby!!|
|I'm going to die if she doesn't come back soon!|
|Don't you have somewhere to be, mom?|
Once Baby's classes were over we decided to continue to punish the two drama queens. Baby went on the other side of the trailer and Lilly stayed tied on her side. They still screamed for each other and Lilly continued to paw. Once she figured out Baby was on the other side, she tried desperately to see her through the window of the trailer.
|I think I see her!!|
Once it was time for the hunt seat classes I took Lilly up to the arena so I could ride her around a bit and try to find a buyer. No takers, though... weird.
She actually stood like the Lilly I know and love once we got up there. I had quite a wait before my first class and she was relaxed, stood still, and was nosey as always, but much better behaved. She didn't whinny at all until we went into our first class and made our way down to the far end of the arena where she could hear Baby calling for her. Even then I was able to dig my inside heel into her, bend her around, and get her attention back on me.
M took some pictures for me, but because it was inside they didn't turn out very well. This is from either the first or second class, and it's pretty much how Lilly went. Her head was up, but she had a pretty nice trot going on.
|Not bad for our first show in a while!|
The stock type hunt seat class went a bit better. There were only 9 horses instead of 15 and I rode Lilly more like it was a training class to try and get her to relax and level out a bit. She did VERY well and I was very pleased with her. We ended up with 5th place.
|Good girl, Lilly!|
Or do drastic times call for drastic measures?
The saddle seemed to work out really well. Lilly did shake her head a few times and twitched her withers, but I can't say for sure if it was related to the saddle or not. With my fleece show pad the space around the bars of the saddle was a bit more snug than with my quilted pad, but she still had room and the wool flocking makes it really soft. I think I'll see if I can find a quilted style show pad with number pockets instead, but as far as saddles go, we might have a winner!