|Let's ignore the fact I forgot my show jacket.|
And let's ignore the awkward canter photo.
Tally warmed up okay... She felt ouchy on her feet, probably from walking over the rocks the last two days trail riding (I don't think our extra long trail ride the day before helped any!). She felt much better in the arena, thankfully, so I didn't need to be too alarmed about it. Despite all the trail riding and riding I did before the show, Tally still felt ridiculously fresh and forward. I think that is just the kind of mare she is... she is really starting to remind me of Andrea's mare O-Ren at The Reeling. She just is a powerhouse that can go, go, go!
|Tally says, "Oh we're at a show? Brace and then brace HARDER."|
WORK LITTLE HUMAN.
The end result is, "Fuck you, little human." And when I retaliated and gave her a good boot in the middle of one of our classes for yanking down on me yet again, she fired back by giving a snort and a half-hearted rear... just as the judge looked directly at us. Shit.
|Poles = Weeee Mare!|
And if I thought that the Flat classes and Speed Events would slow her down, I was wrong. Jumping came around and Tally saw the jump and went ballistic with enthusiasm. She tore down the line to the practice jump and took off gleefully cantering. She was quite pleased with herself. Our first x-rail class went well, I was really happy with her pace, but it just wasn't Hunter-y and we did not place. Our last two classes (2' and 2'3" respectively) were complete shit to say the least. It seemed as though the higher the heights went, the faster and flatter she dove into it. In our 2'3" class I guess we were the giggling stock of the holding ring because Tally deer leapt over every fence and popped me out of the tack more than once.
|Oh look! A nice(ish) picture!|
We didn't win any ribbons, and Tally sure served me a slice of Humble Pie. She is teaching me a lot, though, and I am definitely learning my strengths (and weaknesses) with her. A lot of it is MY fault because I don't get after her for it - I just think "Oh, okay she doesn't want to stop, so I'll just sit here and look pretty." Time to put on the big girl panties and deal with it!