Prair was totally unimpressed once she realized that she had just been here, but she was even less impressed with the ghetto fab tarp-tent-stalls.
In fact, she looked a little non-plussed about the whole setup...
|Trunk & Tarp land|
S's gelding is another Dressage Boy who might make it in Hunter Land. This show is a bit of a wildcard for him since he's... never jumped a line before, let alone a course or flowerboxes. But as soon as I walked up and saw him quietly cantering around I knew that he was going to take it all in his (very) uphill, (very) giant stride.
While S worked her boy, I warmed Prair up and was thrilled that she was totally quiet and responsive. We headed into the main ring after about 5 minutes and popped over fences without even breaking stride. Prair was wanting to tip on her forehand a bit, but I could. not. believe. how light she was and how soft I was able to be. I worked on moving up a bit to the fences and getting our correct strides then hopped off and let S pilot her around a bit since Prairie's first division is Friday morning in the Pre-Greens with S up.
I bumped a couple of the fences up to 3' for S to work with, but Prair didn't really notice. They bopped around a few times, schooled some changes and then called it good.
Prair is still a little quick and certainly doesn't have the slow, round bascule that fancy hunters should, but I just love, love, love the relaxation that she's starting to show.
It's awesome. So rewarding.
I was so thoroughly thrilled just bombing around the ring popping over fences and feeling that Prair was 100% solid under me and wasn't threatening to explode. I like this trend :)
I snapped a quick phone video of some os S's work just to document the loveliness. Note Big Brown Gelding's Big, Brown Nose makes a charming cameo. He is cute. I sorta want him.
Now it's off to bed with a handful of Advil so I don't wake up totally crippled from moving hay bales around... (what was I saying about working out again???)