(Hint at the end, but it doesn't count if you peek!)
When we got to the judge, we rocked back and forth for what seemed like hours, trying to get that left fore to square up with the right. I finally settled for almost square! If you look close, the judge and I are both having a good chuckle. Kate was indifferent.
This was a pretty nice turn on the haunches, with Kate stepping across well in front. One hint I had heard was to rock them back on their haunches with sort of a "half-halt" from the ground--almost backing a step, before starting the turn. I actually taught her the turn at home with a preliminary two or three steps back.
Headed back to the line at a brisk trot. I'm not sure what her nasty face was all about, other than maybe the fact that I had to wake her up before we could move out! What a pretty girl!Just for fun: a friend's granddaughter and her first pony.
And a student from school: the poor girl drug that mare almost back to the line before she finally got a step and a half of trot out of her! Now for green horse walk-trot!
This was Kate's first time riding with other horses. She's got her ear cocked back towards the horse coming up behind her, but otherwise, didn't seem to be worried about it.Reverse.A pretty walk--alert, but relaxed. And a nice jog--long and low. Circling to maintain space. I didn't want to ride her face too much, so I didn't do much speed rating. (I prefer a longer trot early on, to emphasize "forward," rather than the exagerated collection for the western pleasure jog). Neither did I want to ride up on other folks' rear ends. The line up: That's our friend B on the deaf overo mare Helen at the end of the line. She cleaned up all day. (The gray on the near end and Kate competed against each other at the next 4H show [without Helen] and traded first and second place all day long for that day.) That's a purple fifth place ribbon, not a red second. She also pulled a sixth in the open walk-trot class.
But I couldn't have been happier with Kate's performance!
[Contest hint: this show was closer to spring break than the trail ride.]