Hubby and I went to a Mounted Patrol de-spooking clinic this past weekend. As I figured, Cloney was the star and Dolly, my cutting bred QH with 90 days training on her, was waaaaaay over her head.
We had a lot of fun and learned a lot, even though we didn't get to complete the clinic. For one thing, Dolly got way over it Saturday afternoon. Seems that going through the obstacles with all the pool noodles, the 'hollow' bridge, the Car Wash Curtain, the smoke grenades and then finally FIRE all together was just more than she could handle. Oh, did I mention the patrol car with the whirling lights and LOUD siren? Yeah, NO! She stopped dead so hard she nearly tossed me then, and as I was trying to get balanced for the next part, she spun right out from under me. Gave me a little concussion (yes I had on a helmet), broke a finger getting caught in the reins, and I think maybe my tail bone. Everything else has finally quit hurting.
Hubby was riding Cloney (I REALLY want my horse back) and he did great. He got bug eyed and snorted at all the obstacles and the fire and the smoke and all, but he went through everything. He was more keyed up on Sunday, but far from uncontrollable. He did all the tests Sunday morning but by noon you could tell, he'd pretty well had all he cared to handle too. So at that point Hubby quit riding and we just watched the rest of the clinic. Sunday morning, I took Dollface in the arena, I had saddled her up in case she was going to be ok, but she let me know that getting on her back was going to be ill advised. So, we did everything on foot. We still did all the obstacles, checked out the patrol car with the K9 in it, and basically just worked it. She's only got 90 days under saddle and I was a hurtin' almost 60 year old woman, so we didn't feel the least bit bad about doing ground work.
Here are a few pics to give you a feel for it. We're going to build some obstacles and work them and then we're going to go back and re-do the clinic and get our certificates. It was a BLAST! A lot of riding, a lot of nice folks and we had a really good time. In spite of getting tossed. So, once again, that crazy, spooky Ayrab is the one I'd rather have been riding....go figure!
Have no idea why they're posting sideways, that's now how I have them.