Once we switched trucks and loaded up, we were only a half hour later getting started. The drive up was nerve wracking since I was worried about wrecking the dually. I must say, it's a dream to haul with. So much smoother and powerful than my truck.
|Never get between a man and his truck|
It was probably 10am when I went in with Zoe and it was close to 90*. She was so tired and we couldn't seem to find a rhythm. About half way thru the course she stalled out going past the gate and we couldn't come to a decision about a distance to the next fence. She stopped and almost ran into the standard. I was up on her neck, trying to get back in the tack when she went sideways trying to make it over. I did a slow roll over her neck and landed in the dirt on my shoulder. I'm fine, and got up right away. Zoe looked at me and seemed like she was upset. I told her it was my fault and we walked out. In our next round, she really backed off that same fence, so I went to my crop and smacked her about 3 strides out. After that she was much better. Our last two rounds were ok; she was still pretty slow and tired. We didn't place but I was happy with how we ended.
After a quick break to put Zoe away, grab a quick lunch consisting of beef jerky and a milkshake, and get Buddy ready, I went back to the ring. By this point it was closer to 100* and I was pretty much done. Feeling like puking is not how you want to go into the ring. The first round with Buddy started with a short approach to a vertical on a short diagonal that Buddy knocked. I don't think he realized we were jumping it to about a stride away. He landed strong and we had a bending line to a single outside fence that was all brush boxes and flowers. I couldn't see the distance and we ended up having a refusal but at least this time I stayed on! We came back and got over it ok. In the next round we had a stop there too. I was just too tired and was getting psyched out. Luckily in our last round, and eq class, we didn't have to jump the flowers. It was decent round and somehow I ended up third. I was just so happy to be done I didn't care.
So it wasn't our day, but at least we made it thru! I am happy with how Zoe recovered. Her owner came to watch and said she looks great, and wants me to keep showing her. I know my problems with Bud were my fault, and as much as I want to beat myself up over it, it only hits 100* once or twice a year. I think if it hadn't had been as hot, and if I hadn't spent the morning freaking out about the truck swap I would have been in a much better head space. I am proud that I made it thru the day without crying or puking!