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S reported that she felt the difference in her balance immediately. Apparently she felt like Prair was way more willing to sit and turn from her haunches than she is even at home in the sand. While I'm a firm believer that there's nothing stopping a barefoot horse from maintaining it's own balance, I do admit that Prair is not naturally great at balancing herself and perhaps the grip of her studs was a very reassuring thing for her.
I'm curious to see if the shoes alone affect her at home or not. My intention is to pull them this week, but I guess we'll see. I really want to ride her myself before I make a decision on that...
Whether it was the studs, the heat (80's! perfect!) or just her ever increasing experience, Prair was as relaxed as she's ever been at a show ever.
I'm sad I didn't actually get to see her go, but I did actually come out of my drug induced haze long enough to ask S to sign us up for some videoed rounds so I could at least witness what was going on.
We taped two rounds, here's the one I like less. The super fabulous round is being a pain in the ass on youtube, but this one is pretty good too. She doesn't seem quite as relaxed in this one, and she's got a late change - but all in all pretty awesome by Prairie standards.
I really need to get back on.