Show recap #1: Scissortail CT

Yes, show recap #1, because we had two shows this weekend!

I was pretty sure I was going to die on Saturday. Let me explain.

I entered Training at both shows, and Wednesday was the first time I tried to run through Training test A. It was really bad. Like the worst ride I’ve had on Henry maybe ever. I never actually made it all the way through the test a single time. Then on Friday night a cold front blew through, dropping the temperature from the mid-80’s to the upper 40’s and leaving behind a 25+mph wind. I thought really long and hard about scratching, but instead I just sent Bobby a quick fb message to bequeath Henry to him and put on my Big Girl Pants.

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I unloaded my horse kite (see below) around dawn, because naturally I was the first rider of the day. It’s a small venue geared more toward beginners, so I was the only one in Training. I tacked up my kite while trying to keep him attached to the trailer but off of my feet, took a flying leap onto his back like a spider monkey, and we snorted and spooked our way down the road toward warm-up. Yep… definitely going to die.

As soon as I got to the warm-up ring I got into as much of a half seat as I could manage in a dressage saddle and just let Henry canter until he quit spooking. It really wasn’t that long, maybe 5 minutes, then I was able to pick up contact, sit on him, and start warming him up for real. He was definitely tense but fairly obedient, so after a few lengthenings and some leg yield I decided to wander over to the ring and let him look at it for a few minutes before we went in. He hairy-eyeballed the potted plants at the letters and I could totally feel him stiffen from nose to tail when the big wind gusts blew, but what do you know, he went in there and was actually pretty good.

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Only semi-feral

No movement was amazing, but none were awful either. A lot of the comments were “tense” (well… yeah the wind was literally about to blow us over) but I got the good ol’ “tactfully ridden”, which I’m pretty sure is code for “good job not getting killed”. Ha.


After a quick tack change (not really, I couldn’t even tack my horse up because the wind was blowing so hard, shit just kept blowing off) I hopped on for stadium. I was freezing to death and ready to go home so I cantered two laps each way, jumped two fences, and went in the ring. They set the jumps really soft, only two were 3’3″ and the rest were 2’9″-3′. I tried to move up past the distance at jump 1 (because I dunno, history of bad judgment?), and Henry was a little over-enthusiastic, but other than that it was fine. A hard rub but luckily it stayed up.

Then I stuffed Henry full of treats, picked up my dressage test, tossed him in the trailer, and left. I was dying of cold. Yes it was only 50. Whatever. I couldn’t feel my legs or my face. I had gotten quite used to the 80’s last week, thank  you very much. My desire to be warm far outweighed my desire to wait for a 1st-out-of-1 ribbon.

The pone is pretty cute though. And by the end he was no longer a kite anymore, so that’s a plus.

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much sass

And then it was on to our Sunday adventures…

19 thoughts on “Show recap #1: Scissortail CT

  1. you tease you know i want yesterday’s recap 🙂 But yay for staying on board your kite and yay for not freezing (We had snow yesterday and i had a lesson with Sally offsite and imagine my surprise when i arrived with my horse (Not a kite thank god) and saw we were OUTDOORS> BRGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Anyway. it was fun but cold. COLDER than 50 degrees you wimp 🙂

    Glad it all went well. NOW get working on the 2nd recap 🙂

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  2. Hah, I was sitting at home on Saturday thinking I should ride, but why when it was SO COLD and it might actually warm up later in the day. 50s in March is unacceptable – I had to bust out my ski pants to do morning chores. Glad you and Henry held it together and put in a decent ride!

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  3. It was cold in Kansas, too. Honestly, probably normal temperatures for this time of year, but since it’s been so warm lately it really sucked. Glad to see you horse-kite became more manageable. 🙂

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  4. I’m actually not going to mock you for freezing when it’s 50. We were in the 60s for almost a week, then dropped down to 33-feels-like-19-because-wind and it was MISERY.

    Even though it would have felt warm a month ago.

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  5. Ahhh, cliffhanger! Nice work getting it done in that weather. Up here in CT, it’s been in the 40’s and windy every day it seems like. I haven’t even tried to work the ottb… So props to you!

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