I sent the entry in today, Jasper and I are going to a little dressage show next Saturday! Not so much to be competitive, I'm pretty sure you have to be able to *turn* to be competitive, (even at Intro level) but for the experience. It's a very nice place that has an indoor arena to warm up in. He's never been in an indoor. Plus I'm picking up my friend and her filly- it's their first show too, which will be fun and will probably include some drama.
We had a great ride today! Jasper is quite balanced for a horse that's not even 4 yet. Practiced circles and serpentines and... dun dun dun... trot poles! It took a while for him to get the hang of it, but after some swerving and halting and confusion it clicked and he trotted over 4 in a row.
Then we went on a second ride later on, a trail ride behind another horse, and went through the swampy area. He wanted to refuse to go in it, but by the time he realized there was water under all the grass he was already standing in it. My legs were clamped on, one hand grabbing mane waiting for the bolt or swerve or... and he pretty much just walked through it to the other side.
On another note I'm taking Alexandre (my big guy) to a Poker Ride tomorrow. One of the other staff members at the ranch is coming, and we're taking 2 boys. The boys have been warned to be on their best behavior as there are hundreds of people on this ride. They are not allowed to have the usual middle-school conversations about butts and farting. They are both very excited and helped me hook up the trailer and load up all the stuff. At 7:30am we'll load up the horses and head out to Fishtrap Lake, which is about 30 miles west of Spokane. There are 2 loops, the first loop is where you get all of your poker cards. I think it takes 3 or 4 hours. There is an optional second loop which includes a lake and waterfalls, but it makes it a realllllly long ride, we'll see how everyone's bums and knees are doing after the first loop. Will post some pictures!