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CNER United States Pony Club Dressage Rally - May 11, 2019

Our very first ever PC rally was this past Saturday at Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, MA. It kind of cracks me up that I joined PC for the express purpose of access to more jumping instruction opportunities, and my first mounted experience is a dressage rally hahaha.  

But honestly, it was so much fun.  Maybe it is because I am so used to showing alone or maybe because I love the show prep and set up just as much (if not more) than the actual riding, but competing in a PC rally is now one of my most favorite experiences.  And I cannot wait to do more!  I think the only thing different for this show was having to label EVERYTHING with my name.  Otherwise, my show prep was just the same as normal.

Sadly, our original team of four riders ended up dwindling to just two, as one young rider ended up sick with a 103 fever and a barn was quarantined because of a horse with EHV-4 so none of the PC members from that large boarding barn could attend. Therefore, my remaining teammate and I were split …

Just because...

The other day I had to walk out into Dreamy's pasture for something.  She was eating hay on the far side of her paddock (which opens up into said pasture).  She spotted me and marched right over in order to follow me all the way out in the pasture.  


I gave her a scratch on her neck, she watched what I was doing, and then she followed me back into her paddock.   It was just so cute.

I know that is not a big deal, but for Dreamy it is.  Not only did she leave her hay pile to be with me, but it was so cute how she just wanted to see what I was up to.  It was like she wanted to be with me just because.  

When I first got her back in 2003, she was very aloof and kind of indifferent to people...not in a rude way, just in a very uninterested way.  When I started riding her in 2006, she started to become more friendly, but it really has not been until the last year or so that she is really showing an attachment to me.


It is moments like that where I completely fall in love with horses all over again.  Dorky, I know, but when they show me they care more about me than just the fact that I feed them, I confess it makes me that horse crazy six year old little girl all over again.  :)

Comments

kippen64 said…
Horses are wonderful. Many years ago, one of my horses not only left his feed, but came out into the driving rain to drive off dogs that were attacking me. Kippen my Highland Pony who simply lives for food, is quite happy to spend a quiet hour or so spending time with me and with no food involved. It's hard to explain this sort of thing to non-horse people and even to some horse people.
AareneX said…
I wish you could see me: grinning like a fool.

:-)