Photo by Allie Conrad
So Saturday was a GOOD day. I got to the barn well before 7AM and plucked Woody out of his field. He was, of course, filthy, so I had to give him a bath. I couldn’t have him filthy for his first public outing.
He had his breakfast and then I went to go and get his shipping boots. As Soon as I put them on he started shaking. Poor thing. But even thought he was OBVIOUSLY a little worried, he self-loaded and off we went.
Once we got to Loch Moy (Which is spectacularly beautiful by the way), Woody stayed on the trailer with May for about an hour while our friend rode her dressage test. He stood on the trailer and ate his hay and while I wouldn’t say he was napping and chock full of Zen, he was calm and handled it well.
Then we took him off the trailer.
I compare walking Woody around the show grounds to flying a little red kite in circles over my head. Bless his heart there was just SOOOOO much to take in, and it was too much. There was jigging, some small rearing and head flipping and just general panic. There was NO way he was going to settle down. He was getting himself more and more worked up and the chances of the outing being a learning experience was quickly dwindling.
So we gave him a little cocktail. Before we left the farm I asked Allie if she had any Ace, and she did. So after Woody circled me for a while, we decided it WASN’T going to get any better, as a matter of fact, it might have been getting worse. So he got 1.5 ccs of Ace IM and we threw him back on the trailer to think about his sins while we went to go and watch some jumping. (He marched HAPPILY back on the trailer).
When Woody came back out to join civilized society he was considerably more reasonable. He still had a little bit of an edge, but he was able to process what was going on around him. He was not a fan of standing still and because I dig him I didn’t make him. He just walked circles around me for the majority of 2 hours. But by the end of the day it WAS a learning experience. He was taking things in and processing them.
There WAS a lot to see. But it was SUCH a beautiful day.
I also learned that we are going to have to go to QUITE a few of these as spectators before he’s ready to be productive at them. But it’s all part of the process and I love every minute of it.
I of course have a tiny bit of video
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