Sunday, April 22, 2012

Catching Up on the Other Ponies

So this blog is about my adventures with Buddy, but I have to give some updates on Zoe and Phoenix.  Phoenix is being leased by girl for 4H, and they had their first show this weekend.  She showed him in trail, showmanship, and English Eq.  Phoenix has never shown in trail or showmanship before, but I have schooled some of the show trail obstacles with him. 

Trail went pretty well. Anna was very nervous (it was her first show ever) but Phoenix could have cared less.  He was a little hesitant about crossing the bridge, and didn't want to stand next to the gate so Anna could open it, but he had no problem walking and trotting over poles!  Considering the first time they practiced showmanship was 15mins before their class, they did very good.  They got reds in both
English Eq was their best!  They just did walk/trot, and they nailed it.  The judge did tell Anna that she has to work on her sitting trot, but considering Phoenix is so bouncy she did well, and they got a blue!  I'm so proud of both of them!

Zoe is doing awesome as well.  I've been jumping her about once a week, over some bigger x's and some 2ft verticals.  She seems to take it all in stride, and other than being a little wiggly she feels like she's been jumping for years! I took a lesson on her a couple weeks ago and here's the video.  This was our 4th or 5th time cantering a line.

As for Bud, he's had an easy week after the clinic last Sunday.  I'm going to jump him today and we'll have a lesson Wed or Thursday, then next Sunday we're going to a little hunter show.  I'm still on the fence (no pun intended!) about what classes to do.  I really want to do 2'6",  but I'm not quite sure if we are ready.  

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