Valero went to his first show!!!We arrived friday night to stall him overnight.He did wonderfully!!!He had no problem in his big boy stall...
I saddled up lua after that and ponied Valero around the main arena.I talked to a girl who couldn't believe i trained Lero by myself!She goes,"Wow hes PRETTY!! And so well behaved" I said,"Thanks i trained him myself!" "Nu-uh?!" "Yeah he was wild a month ago!" "Haha,sure!" I then said"No really!He is a WILD MUSTANG that came from the WILD a month ago!!!Never has he been touched before that!" She then turns to her friend and says"Wow he's better trained then your mom's yearling and your mom has had her horse longer!" Haha it makes my heart feel good to hear that!But after she said that he started playing "Ring Around The Rosy"with Lua and I!!!So i just worked the rope around me like i was lunging him and he soon calmed down.
After that we took them to the washracks...Kahlua got a full bath but Lero just got a hose down because he wasn't that dirty.Here's Lero drying off in front of fan!
We got there the next morning and prepared Lero and i for his first halter class.But while we were getting ready he got his halter hung up on the stall and broke it...so we had to use the tie-die halter....First of all i didn't hear my number called and my mom yelled,"Jessi it's your turn!!!Hurry!!!"So as i got in there he spooked at blue BUCKETS!Can you believe that?!Then as we were trotting off Valero spooked at the camera man!Just a bit though but when he spooked at the buckets he jumped on me!He REALLY soon realized he was on me and quickly got off.We got ourselves together and got in the line-up...outta 16 we didn't place but i was proud of him.
I put lero back in his stall and we headed to lunch.Kahlua and I competed in Egg and spoon and got last!haha!Her trot is a lil bumpy!And we did not place in walk /trot.Kahlua was not collected enough...My mom said the judge favored the paints.
Kahlua and I weren't allowed to compete in walk/trot/canter because there was an age limit...I was feeling sick towards the end of the day so we went home,But overall it was a great weekend with a lot of new experiences!
More pictures to come!
WOW i can't believe we are now past the halfway point in the competition!!!!Valero,Kahlua and i went to Lero's 1st horse show!!!!We were surprised by our friends Karen and Boom!!!That was probably my most favorite part of the night!At first Lero was fine but then i walked him down by the arena and once we couldn't see the trailer he had a few freakout moments.(which was expected since it was his first time in all the commotion of a show...)I decided to walk him around the arena to get him used to it before classes started and when we were walking out of the arena his foot hit the "very scary looking" trash can ...he kicked both feet and knocked the can down.Then i heard all sorts of comments from,"You need to teach that horse some manners!!"to"He needs a good whipping!"I was at the point of crying because to have someone tell you that after working hard with him for a month really hurt.But as the night went on Valero was yawning and almost falling asleep!Those people were eatting their words!!!!I was proud of him!(We didn't enter him in a class though)Kahlua did amazing tonight!!I was soo proud of her!There was some stiff competition!!!!We took "Walk,Trot,Lope.Western Pleasure","Open Ranch",and a fun class called"Race With Hats"(Had to move a hat from one pole to another. )We originally got 2nd in the 1st class but there was a messup in the placings and we got 3rd out of 9.The 2nd class we didn't place because there were 14 other competitors.And our fun class well by then Kahlua was drained from being ridden by 2 girls(it was karli's first horseshow and kar did great)When i got in there i was ready and i said"GO!!!!"To Kahlua.She Veered to the gate but i made her do it!I think some people were surprised that the little lazy mare had a lil get-up-and-go in her!!!!We got 3rd ,packed up and went home!!!Pictures later!!!Can't find my uploader!!!
Although i don't have much new to tell i can say that Valero is doing great!!!He is now sidepassing while he is off of the rail!!!Thanks to my best friend Karli for riding Kahlua for me when i am busy with Lero...Last night i worked on trailer loading in the dark because at night things tend to scare him and Valero did magnificent!!!This weekend Karli,Mom,Lua, and Lero are going to a horseshow!!!!It'll be Valero's first!!!I hope he does good!!Karli is gonna ride Luie in the begginers class...
This morning i went to a vaulting lesson and by the time it came for Valero's respect lesson i was wiped out!!!(It was my first time back to vaulting in 2 months due to a leg injury)My teacher told me Valero does not respect my space which i knew but who can resist this cute lil face???? :D
He did great when it was all done and he was respecting my space very nicely!!Not to mention it was his first time away from home!He was calm as a cucumber!I told my mom though that after all this of me pushing him away he is gonna think i don't like him! :( But she told me ,"No he will respect you!"
My buby accomplished a lot this week!!He is sidepassing off the rail,becoming more used to machines of every kind,and is ponying REAL well!!!Oh and not to mention i put the bit in his mouth for the first time and he had no problem with it!
When i went out today my mom and I decided to play with ponying...it went amazing till the end when Kahlua got sick of Lero,bit him,and TOOK off...I was not expecting this because i was sitting sidesaddle and i fell off Kahlua!Luckily i landed on my butt!Plus i was wearing a helmet!Anyways Kahlua could tell i was mad when i walked up to her and had as our friend Karen says "We had a come to Jesus moment!"haha.As punishment for biting Lero and taking off i cooled Lero and Luie off together.I am going back out later when it is cooler!Its 96 degrees outside right now!!!
We started out the day today literally playing with the clippers!He was trying to eat them!!!haha
After this i lunged him over some polls to get him to pickup his feet better.Then we played with sidepassing!He is getting better and is actually doing it off the fence,but not together(his hind end with his front end)but at least he is off the fence!
My mom and i decided today to pony valero with Kahlua!And there was no kicking!But before i got on we found this
Valero is sooo terrified of my girls!!!He does not like walking by them and if they walk up behind him he runs away!haha!The rest is just Lero and Luie working on ponying!He did great,there wasn't even that much pulling!!
Valero AND Lua did soo great today!!!I am glad she held back her urge to bite Valero! I <3 my babies!!
Sorry i haven't posted in a while!It has rained like crazy and is now just drying up!Anyways my mom and i took Lero and Cord for a walk through the neighborhood and Lero was very calm!!!
When we got back i worked with Valero on turning on his haunches...i got very frustrated and my mom saw this and told me to try to take a break.I did and came back and he did great!Valero just doesn't get the concept of space sometimes!Oh well i worked that outta him!!haha!We also put Luie in with the herd...After one charge from kahlua because Lero was trying to share food with her, she backed off!YAY!Today was very successful!Now going oout to put Lero back in pasture because he is done eatting his grain.
Valero backed out of the trailer today!!!I am so excited because he was terrified to do so!I also worked on sidepassing again with him and put the surcingle on him!(A thing that goes all the way around his belly to prepare him for a saddle)Valero didn't buck or anything when i put it on him!I see a liberty bit in his freestyle because he can lead without a line!Tomorrow i am putting a saddle on him!