|Non-huntery hunter courses. Round 1 on the right and round 2 on the left
I got on a little early for our warm up and spent a lot of time walking him around. We did a short trot set and he felt stiff in his body, not wanting to bend and soften. So we went back to the walk and worked on bending and trying to get him to relax. A little more trot and canter and we popped over the warm up fences. I couldn't find a distance to save my life and decided I just wanted to make it over all the fences and wasn't expecting any greatness.
|Absolutely in love with this shot from the show photographer. Bought in in digital and print
|Had to buy this adorable one too
Peebs was definitely more tired for the second round and we didn't flow as well. We chipped in to the diagonal line from two to three, and I should have sat up and added for the five strides. But I tried to gun him for the four. He did it, but it was very long and we landed in a heap. We took a couple of strides to recover and fix our lead but I kept seeing the short distances. He was starting to ignore my hand and lean on me so between fences four and five I sat up and checked him hard. Wasn't the prettiest thing ever, but it worked. We finished the round strung out and tired, but at least he was listening. We got a fourth.
Our last class was supposed to be the derby, but we would have had an hour or so wait and both of us were exhausted. So I scratched. While I was sad to miss the derby, I so happy with how Peebs had been all weekend that I wasn't too upset. There will be other derbies. There's no point in doing a class when both of us were exhausted. Peebs is such a trooper for putting up my ammy moments and I felt like I needed to give him a break. I definetly don't want him to ever get sour; his attitude is one of my favorite things about him.