We really enjoyed our time at Haras for the recognized show in February so when I went looking for schooling shows and saw this one (on a Friday no less!) I packed the boys up and recruited Alex and Sarah to come play with me at this show. Sarah's punishment was to ride THREE tests while I lounged around and rode my first PSG test.
Susan Mandas was the judge and I've show to her before while riding Simon and looking like a sack of potatoes. Well maybe not THAT bad, but it wasn't the glory that is me now. *cough Susan is a super fair judge, but she's also a really experienced "S" judge and grand prix competitor so I knew going in that we weren't about to get the sometimes inflated schooling show scores we tend to get elsewhere.
Sarah rode 2-1, 1-2, and 2-3 on Simon and hit scores well over 60% and looked really good. It was a good day for Sarah and she learned a lot I think. We had someone fly down to try Simon and he packed their teenage daughter around the warmup like a champ and they looked great together. Having people try the grey unicorn makes my heart so happy when I can see how kind he is with them but still responsive and eager to do their bidding.
I rode Vana last for the day and after chilling out on the trailer all day, he was READY to go. Dragon mode activated! We rode in the outdoor arena and he was pumped plus spooky so I knew I was in for quite the ride. We kept it all in the ring and aside from a temper tantrum about me insisting that he do his pirouettes decently and do the correct count on tempis, we made it through pretty well if not a little expressive. We also did some passage on the way out because, well, passage is fun and he tends to not do it "on demand" when in the show ring with me so I took advantage of the schooling show to do that. Our score for the first time out was a 57% I believe so I was pretty impressed considering the judge and my doofus dragon.
When I came out, we did the trial ride with Simon and the people from Dallas and then packed everything up and headed home! Super relaxing and fun day of schooling the ponies and people! And as always, so fun to see the Lusitanos doing their thing.
Apparently I can't just shove food at our banana horse; I need to vaccinate, worm, and clean him up. I found myself with a little bit of time and decided to just do some ground work before I decided to do anything past that. Aside from being "up in your space," he as a good critter and didn't show any major issues. We went for the old tying tree and used that Blocker Ring to tie him up in case he decided to perform anything shenanganny.
I swear he was filthy and just gross, but these pictures don't show that well. I grabbed the Equifuse kit and began scrubbing. Banana horse REALLY likes his spa time and you can tell he was well taken care of at one time. Reasons why he was headed to Mexico is still up in the air, but right now he's looking like a good guy!
It's not really a secret that I'm always watching the horse markets. Expensive, cheap, young, old. You never know where the next project horse is going to come from. I've been eyeballing something with color, decent height (15-16 hands) and nice conformation. Of course a pleasant demeanor is ideal and the less baggage the better.
We've had some strong hits on both Simon and Piper's sale ads so I know it'll be a matter of time before they sell and then... well we'd have no projects since we're heavy into baby making right now. On this particular day, I came across a cute cute palomino guy on a feed lot and knew he'd be gobbled up at his tiny price so I promptly pushed him out of mind for a couple of days. Checking back and he was still available. Grrr. Finally on his "ship to Mexico" day, I logged in and bid on him.
He was too nice to go to Mexico. Now we're the owners of a pleasant QH type palomino gelding.
Naturally there's a bit of a story about his arrival. I was at a riding lesson when the shipper picked him up for me. She happened to message me a picture of him all GOT HIM WOOT! I finished riding and saw the message.
Uh. It wasn't my horse.
I called and through some quick unloading on the highway, they realized it was the wrong horse and so began the return journey and pickup of the correct pony. My banana colored horse arrived about 4am that next morning rather than around 11pm. At least I had him and the shipper was super apologetic and thankful I let her unload and just head on out at 4am.
So he's thin(nish), quite dirty, has goopy eyes but is super loving and dying for attention. Unfortunately for him, I am treating him like he has ebola while he's in quarantine. Poor critter!