The second half our our big weekend included yet another incremental, intermediary step in transforming Charlie into a show horse. And while yesterday's recap of his dressage show focused on performance, this outing swung back in the other direction to focus on experience and exposure. Or, in other words, an adventure focused on firming up Charlie's base training.
|taking my giant pony for walkies around the new grounds. also it was goddamn freezing.|
|charlie got to tag along with birdie in R's trailer!|
|also, Clark Montgomery happened to be on site teaching clinics too. how cool!|
|he spent a lot of time staring off into the distance lol|
Plus Clark Montgomery happened to be onsite teaching clinic lessons. And all the various groups of horses were moving between the three main giant arenas on the grounds - with a few more visible on the xc course itself.
|cool with the activity at the trailers|
|out a-wanderin while everyone finished getting ready|
|eager to get movin and warm up!|
|birdie says she needs bigger jumps|
|casually observing two side by side GIANT rings|
I think the distraction could be an issue - but in the mildest sense of the word. He's doing everything I'm asking, he just happens to want to watch whatever else is going on too. It also feels like this will fade with experience.
|bella needs bigger jumps too!|
|we jumped dis!!!|
|we jumped dat too!!|
|such a good boy!|
|i call this 'ground covering' lol. also yes that's ice lining the water's edge. twas COLD.|
|wheeeee ground poles!|
As it was, tho, I just had so much fun. Grinning ear to ear. What a good pony! And you can really see in the video just how relaxed and confident Charlie felt. Sure he was slow to step in the water and needed to think it through a little bit. But it feels fine. And I'm cool with him knowing that I'm always going to give him time to think if he needs it.
Plus then he just trotted right on along, basically ignoring the water once he locked on to the ground poles. Homeboy definitely would have been happier if we had jumped more, methinks!!
|i'm basically obsessed with this sweet guy|
|emma: "c'mon, charlie, be CUTE!"|
charlie: "staahhp you're embarrassing me in front of my new friends!"
And of course I'm eager for our first true xc schooling lesson, hopefully to be done at OF under trainer P's watchful guidance sometime in the near future! Esp knowing how good he was for this outing, bc let's be real - I needed that confidence boost at least as much as, if not more than, he did haha. Do you ever feel that way too - like some steps in the training process are as much about preparing the rider as they're about preparing the horse?