I’m a ring baby — I grew up riding in a ring, and while I went on the occasional trail ride at the first barn I ever rode at, I was focused more on showing. After I bought my first horse, I moved to a barn that didn’t have access to trails and we only hauled out one time for trail ride that I can remember. And that’s been pretty much my experience trail riding except for one ride in a Metropark in 2011. Now I’m lucky enough to board at a facility with direct access to miles of groomed trails, and I’ve been logging some time riding outside of the arena. When a last-minute chance to haul out to a nature reserve with tons of bridle paths presented itself this week, I jumped on it!
This is just a quick and dirty recap of all that’s gone on in the last few weeks — it’s been a whirlwind for sure. Lots of highs and lows, but that’s life. My riding has been sporadic at best, but I’ve still managed to fit in some quality pony time (thank goodness).
Back to back horse shows are stressful and difficult as an adult, and things like laundry and grocery shopping tend to get put on the back burner. This particular week was rough since our show schedule was all changed around due to attending a wedding on Sunday… which meant we hauled the horses up to the show on Thursday and showed Friday and Saturday. Despite the change in routine, it turned out to be even better as it allowed us to show in some classes I wouldn’t normally compete in. It’s a nice challenge at this point in the season, and really drives home the idea of focusing on personal victories rather than ribbons.
Our local show series added a last-minute schooling show the weekend before last, which I was really excited about. August is kind of a ‘down’ month in Central Ohio as far as shows are concerned, and while we had discussed trying to go out of town for a show this month, circumstances changed and that wasn’t an option anymore. So when the venue 15 minutes down the road added a show, we were all pretty excited!