Show Day Today

It’s been raining and windy for days.

Gearing up to get Valiosa presentable for later today.  This is our first show out this year, and the first show since October.  At a venue brand new to her.  We’ll see how it goes 🙂

preparing for first level

This particular one is really large, with 5 covered indoors, 13 outdoor arenas, 379 Permanent Stalls and 500+ Portable Stalls. 

Many riders trailer in Wednesday and stay through Sunday. Yes, that’s a really great idea…

We’re scooting in this afternoon, with some possible hysterical traipsing in the parking lot (both) and snorting at all the stuff (her only.)

horse and rider walking close up
Ready to have some fun!

It’s supposed to rain all day, but right now it’s beautiful.  Fingers crossed if you’re out there too this weekend!
gray horse on top of grass hill

28 thoughts on “Show Day Today

    1. Oh, never thought it’d be a guessing game – it was at Rancho Murrietta. In retrospect, extremely grateful we didn’t spend the money and drive somewhere really far. Gray mare decided it was not a good day for dancing…

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    1. Oh boy. Posting about it today. I’ve still barely recovered. Yes. It was THAT bad. Made start wondering what on earth we’re doing. Because whatever it is, we’re not on the same page right now. Well, we’ll refocus with completely relaxing for a week, and then pick up with, well, some more relaxation once back under saddle 😉

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        1. Oh I hope so. Thank you for cheering me up Anne. I’m just really stuck on the feeling it’s not right for her right now. Whatever that means, not sure. I want to see a relaxed, sloppy tail, sort of helicopter ears, and a floppy muzzle, trotting by in a slow gait, maybe with some “hovering.” Something like that 🙂
          Instead, she looked like I’d barely trained her fore the past 6 months. Not very confidence building 😉

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          1. I understand that. But my horse will never have floppy ears in the show ring. He is a “show” horse when he goes into the ring and this is not a bad thing i just have to learn how to ride it. If I want to ride at the higher levesl I need that energy. But i need it to be responsive and directed. I think you can put a lot of her tense behavior onto the fact that she did not have a chance to see the rings and was suddenly into the show atmosphere. This may not mean she does not want to be there . It may just mean she needs more time to adjust. She is still young which is worth remembering as well.

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          2. I appreciate all this!
            Riding a true show horse is not for everyone – that’s why they look so breathtaking when in the ring, a barely controlled package of muscle and energy 🙂 I’d love to get there too, and you’re probably right – forget floppy ears, she already Knows that she’s performing… 🙂
            I keep looking for that “in sync” feel, and when it never comes in the warmup, things feel fairly lost. She can get really strong there too. Definitely hope I can get over this and be able to better direct her energy-overflow, and not view it as her being overly fearful.

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          3. Well don’t give up. Things have been going well at home so you are on the right track. Maybe some off property schooling sessions? Or maybe school at the show grounds the day before the show?

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          4. Yes to both! What ever opportunities I can get. Schooling away would be lovely – no pressure, and if need be, we would just walk for 20 minutes, without a clock ticking, before even doing anything else.
            I need more friends to get out and about with! 🙂

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          5. I go to shows the day before the show and walk around the warm up ring and the ring I will be showing in. Then I get someone ( usually my husband) to stand in the judges booth and I walk Biasini up to it and he gives him a sugar. We also come down the centerline and he will stand at C and give him another sugar. Over the time I’ve had Biasini he has become much calmer about shows but he still turns on the ” show horse” in the ring.

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          6. I have read your posts about this on your blog some time ago! I love it!
            You are so dedicated to him and it comes through in every area 🙂
            For sure, we need to see more of the show grounds, before actually showing…

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  1. Sounds like you’re going to Murrietta! I hope it went well. Those big showgrounds are a lot to take in but it’s all good experience and the next time will be easier. Good for you and I look forward to hearing how it went! We’ve been rained out of our rings for almost three weeks so all I’m doing is walking these days, so frustrating…(no covered arenas at most San Diego barns, and sadly our particular arenas need to be redone so they are not draining well). I envy you your show, although I know how much work it all is. Hoping it was fun!

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    1. Hi! Nothing to envy, seriously. Spend a lot of money, only to prove we’ve gotten worse. And in all, I didn’t like sort of “forcing” my horse to go through it, when she so clearly wasn’t having a good day…
      Yep, it was RMEC, and she was pretty tense, which really doesn’t work out well in the ring 😉

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        1. Funny thing is that I thought we were “done” with it, just by going to countless schooling shows and doing very well. Yeah, right 🙂
          Suddenly I see the show budget growing astronomically, and I’ll have to do a lot of thinking around this. If I could pull off a Wednesday schooling ride on site, Thursday warmup show, and then show Friday-Sun it would be great. But how do you do that without almost dying?? Hahaha! All that driving, mucking, handwalking, prepping etc, I’d be wrung out before day three. Need to up my game for this 🙂
          Thanks again Edie!

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          1. YEP. It is completely exhausting and maybe just too much (and too expensive). You don’t HAVE to go to these huge shows, right? Or not often. Can you team up with a friend who is also showing to share some of the chores? I’ve done that and it helps a lot. Trailering together means that even if I have to do the hitching and hauling, at least someone else is helping unload and set up the stalls (and muck, feed, water, etc.). Not to mention it’s way more fun and if there is a hotel involved, half the cost. My horse is nervous in new venues but once she’s been there once, the next time is WAAAY easier. Maybe Valiosa will be that way, too, so you won’t have to do the multiple day thing. You’ll just have to see…

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          2. You’re definitely right. We don’t HAVE to go to the big shows. I could be perfectly happy going to the smaller, not getting absolutely wrung out, and avoiding paying tons of money for sometimes subpar outcome. Next up, we’ll try some shows at home (which in her case will be extremely stressful too, since it’s her home environment gone crazy.), but so much easier.
            And yes, I need a show friend!!! 🙂

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          3. If you were closer I would very happily be your show groom/cheering section! Wouldn’t that be fun…well, I can do it through the medium of the internet. Not QUITE the same (but much less dirt and dust).

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          4. Seriously – this would be SO fun. You know how it is, just someone there to help fill a bucket and stuff…
            Well, luckily she ties excellently by herself so restroom breaks can happen…

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          5. Yes! Essential to have someone there. I hate to leave the horse unattended but you HAVE to take a break occasionally (never get on the horse with a full bladder, that’s my rule; or hungry, or thirsty). Having someone there to help makes it so much more fun! Wish I could be there for you, but I hope someone else will be sometime soon. Maybe one of those boys can be trained/coerced/bribed?

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          6. Lots of bribing on those boys 🙂
            My oldest gets paid a low sum now just for coming out sometime. He’s worth It!
            Hmmm. Getting some ideas here… 😉 🤔 It’s a very loooong day for a teen boy though 😲😲
            (Little guy gets so incredibly allergic it’s just sad now).

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          7. No, allergic to horses/dust/hay? Awful. Poor guy. Yes to bribes for teenage help, although sometimes they are not the best workers (speaking from the experience of my own kids). But it depends on the kid and you can see how it goes. Better than nothing and could be a nice mother/son bonding experience?

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          8. A bit of everything for the little guy – definitely everything I the barn. Allegra helps some, but not enough. Sad, because he’s really good with Valiosa but now he never even brushes any more, and I get it! Awful with allergies.
            My oldest would be so fun to do it with though. But he tends to get really distracted and forgetful hahaha…

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    1. Sorry to report there was no brilliance this time. We never broke out our raincoats (Wow, by the way, that was a LOT of extra gear to pack just in case. Jackets, rain coat, changes of clothes galore, extra blankets…) but thunder did come by. And she was pretty freaked out under saddle this time… Report-post is up. Pictures coming later 🙂

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