This past weekend, I had the chance to bring DaVinci up to Cheyenne,WY for his first show experience! We didn't do any classes just so that I could use this as an opportunity to see how reacts to the show atmosphere.
Friday afternoon we arrived, and I got his stall ready and him unloaded. He settled right in, munching on his hay and taking a big drink of water! No drama at all, it was really great how he just got comfortable right away! I gave him an hour while we unpacked to take in the sights and sounds. I decided to tack him up, following the same routine we do at home, and go lunge him in the outdoor round pen. My focus was to keep him going forward even if he started having a meltdown over something. He was very behaved! I decided to take him into the indoor arena where they had the warm up and show ring set up. I walked him around a few times and he seemed fine so I decided to hop on just to see what would happen. I started walking and trotting him around! He was such a trooper and no spooks or anything. I couldn't believe it!
The whole time he was just so settled in like it was his new home! He didn't get attached to the horses next to him at all. I think he loved all the extra attention he was getting! All the little girls wanted to pet him and even some adults. He was so gentle with everyone that came up to him.
My ride on Saturday was great as well! He did have one big spook at a really loud noise that happened right next to him as we were trotting but I stayed on as he jumped sideways and we kept going. I did some walk/trot transitions and serpentines and I had him the most consistent on the bit than I have had in a long time and he was nice and forward!
His Big Spook Moment
On Sunday, I kept it simple and just lunged him and walked him around mostly. By that time I was exhausted from not sleeping well all weekend that I couldn't do much else.
Our Big Grazing Party!
I went with a group of people from my barn and we just had so much fun supporting each other and hanging out all weekend. I am so proud of DaVinci and myself and loved every second of it!