Monday, April 19, 2010

Ten Things-

Ten Good Things about One Day Horse Shows

10. They are usually close to home.

9. Not too many trainers there.

8. Teaches your horse that he has to stand tied to a trailer.

7. Not very expensive

6. Stress level is half of what a big show causes.

5. You only have to take one outfit.

4. No one cares if you have messed up their winter coat by using the clippers too freely.

3. You are allowed to practice in the trail pen all day if you want.

2. You usually place because the classes are small.

1. You get to go home and sleep in your own bed at night.

Ten Things I Hate About One Day Horse Shows.

10. You have to carry your own water because you don't don't want to drag your hose across the parking lot or field where you are parked.

9. Your horse has to stand tied to the trailer all day.

8. The tack room in your trailer seems smaller because you have to bring a lot of stuff with you, even if it is a one day show.

7. You are usually parked in the middle of a field or lot with no shade.

6. Most times someone parks WAY too close to you and you are fearful all day that your horse will kick another horse or another truck.

5. You can never hear your class announced because you are parked so far away.

4. The trail patterns are very sketchy, and they need a lot of explaining.

3. It's harder to hide your mistakes in such small classes.

2. Your classes are too early or too late in the day so you are driving in the dark both ways.

1. You have to get up at the butt crack of dawn to get where you are going and get a good place to park so that items number 6, 7 and 10 aren't such issues.

All and all though the day show was a positive experience, and since Lil Mama and I are working through some training issues with Desi and Bob, I feel it was a good thing.


Maia said...

Your top picture is FANTASTIC. Beautiful in every way and so very well done.

PS: I have just promised myself that I will never again think to myself, I had one more thing to say and act on it, after having two mohitos and a wonderful dinner with my husband.

Lil Mama said...

It's all so true.

Stephanie said...

Yes i agree with all - but a draw back to one day shows that tends to irritate me is:

Someone's friend or a 4-H mother or a local trainer as a Judge. They usually don't like how horses go at breed shows and will take all their frustration out on YOU. I rarely place at one open shows. Because the "dressage" based judge is convinced that everything QH is alllllll wroooooong and abusive. I still enjoy getting out there with my horse but treat it as a schooling show and just school within the classes.

Another thing I like about them is the lack of barns and groups and trainers means it's just you and horse you can focus on getting stuff done.

Tracey said...

I believe I agree with all ten, twenty! Tying to the trailer always freaks me out when the quarters are so cramped.