Get Ready, Get Set, Don’t Go
Saddle Seat Wednesday
I spent yesterday helping Stepping Stone Farm get ready for The Dixie Cup show this weekend: cleaning the trailer, making up haynets, loading haybales, finding room for those last few miscellaneous boxes, and so on, and so on. I miss this part of showing. Yes, even mucking the trailer. A clean trailer is a beautiful sight.
I miss getting my gear tidy and organized the week before.
I miss hitching truck to trailer and then standing back to contemplate my rig. I love knowing that I have a rig.
I miss braiding in the wee small hours while the horse dozes.
I miss those first few can-can steps a horse takes in leg wraps.
And so on.
Undoubtedly, I would have a better competition record if I had consigned myself to a hunter/jumper/eventing/dressage training barn rather than lurch through life as an AOT. But I would have missed a lot in the process.
The irony is, I’m not showing this weekend. This show was to be the first test of my vow to show less this year [Revised Plan]. As it turns out, we are not taking Academy horses. So much for stressing my resolve.
Good luck to all horses and riders. Go Team Stepping Stone!
Thank you for reading,