Today was quite an experience for me and Remington. The in hand course proved to be quite a task for many of the mustangs in the competition. All those people crammed into a tiny arena sure makes for a nervous mustang!
The pattern started out with a trotting serpentine through the cones, with a big crowd of people and banners to the right. We started off well enough but when Rem got pushy and I gave the lead rope a snap he decided he was having none of that! Then we had to pick up all four feet, Rem was just not himself. The night before we practiced in the arena and he stood rock solid for his feet to be picked up, but not today. I only got 3, and that was after numerous hindquarter yields. Normally he settles right down, but no such luck. Then it was a walk over the poles, he did that well I thought, but the judges didn't really agree with me... From the poles we had to load into a trailer and on the way he stepped on my heel, GREAT! He loaded, but it took him 2 tries. Then onto the back through where he spooked at the shrubbery maybe? Who knows, and then a 270 degree turn to the right and a trot out.
It was a pretty terrible pattern, and I am very disappointed that we didn't do better. I really thought Remington could handle it, but I was wrong. There is nothing I can do now though, and I have to look at the bright side, who is going to want such a CRAZY mustang?? :-)
I know how great he can be, and I really don't need to prove it to anyone in this competition, so I am just going to have fun tomorrow. If I feel uncomfortable in the coliseum I will just walk and trot the pattern. No sense in getting bucked off in front of 8,000 people.
Thanks to all of you who have introduced yourselves. It really is nice to meet the people who are reading along.
(Oh, and Callie, I was not freaked out about the hug!)
So for our scores we are probably slightly below the middle of the bunch. My chances of making the top 10 are pretty much gone, but I am okay with it because he isn't ready for something like that. The top 2 horses so far are Jazz with Suzanne Myers and Rave with Danee Rudy! I am so happy for both of them, because as good as all these trainers are, wouldn't it be great to see a woman win?? ;-) I hope I don't sound too sexist!
Well I am going to get this video uploaded and head to bed, I am sorry for any typos or grammar problems, I am SO tired!!