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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 …

The Big Scary Tarp.....is not that scary!

This past Sunday I had only enough time to groom everyone...though I desperately wanted to ride, it just wasn't going to happen.  I groomed all three mares and decided to play for a few minutes with the Big Scary Tarp with Reva.  It is not really that "exciting" to introduce new things to her, because quite honestly nothing bothers her.

I thought I would find something to "work on" with the tarp.  

I spread it out on the ground with big rocks on each corner.  I brought her out and took her for a quick walk around, briefly allowing her to walk past the tarp.  She didn't look at it.  I asked her to halt, back, pivot, all the normal in-hand stuff we practice. 

Then I led her up to the tarp.  I'm all ready to let her sniff it, maybe put a foot on it, and I am even ready to pick it up and allow her to "chase it" in case she is really worried about it.  I have a six year old son who would be MORE than happy to be asked to run around with a tarp!

Yeah well.....she touched it with her nose, lifted her head, and proceeded to walk right over it.  I was standing a bit off to the side, allowing her room, and she nearly walked by me.  LOL!  

So yeah.  Tarp not so scary.  I made her walk over it twice from each side (LOL) and she walked over it each time like it wasn't even there...until she finally gave me That Look.  The withering look she has perfected...."Seriously, Mom?  I'm not scared of it!  Can I eat grass now?" complete with a huge bored sigh.

OK, gotcha.  Walking over tarp lesson complete.  I did let her graze for a while on the nice green lawn.  :D  Next the tarp goes on her head (didn't think of it at the time).  I'm getting the feeling it might not be a huge deal.  :)

Comments

Anonymous said…
Nice to have a horse that isn't scared by much!