This is the weekend where Carmen and I do our first show. I spent the morning getting ready and packing the trailer. I then loaded Carmen.
Whatever other issues she has she's great with the trailer - she self loads, travels quietly and arrives calm. She waits for me to unload her-it's so easy.
I spent time walking her around and then I tacked her up. Fortunately, we were all in the ring. I llunged her a bit but then more horses came in and she was being fine so I got on.
She was not fine with me riding. The universe was scary and she was in no mood for directions from this insane woman who clearly was too stupid to see the danger. I stuck out the refusing to go forward , to bend. I rode out the leaping at the patch of sunlight on the fence. All the other patches were fine but THAT ONE was clearly evil. I rode out a bolt and even couple little rears.
The others were very kind about our shenanigans and gave us space. Finally she came to a place of settling where I could give directions without "shouting". The other riders left and she was okay so I thought about stopping. But I took a deep breath and we rode..and she was fine. I read through one of the tests and it was not terrible. I stopped and hopped off.
This is why we're here- to put on the miles and to learn to trust each other in new situations. One day she will stop feeling like she has to test everything. Not today but maybe tomorrow ...
Wish us luck because we're doing it.