If I am to be totally honest, I wish Speedy was a bit happier with contact. He can be a bit lazy, and his way of escaping work is to drop behind the vertical. This happens more at home and less at show, thank goodness, but I do wish he was more enthusiastic about the contact.
As for Sydney, I wish I could turn off his anxiety button, especially away from home because this is so much fun to ride. Grrr...
Sydney's future is a little hazy. I hope we can start showing dressage with some success. SInce I don't know if that is going to happen, I am looking more into fox hunting, which he seemed to enjoy. Either way, schooling him has taught me to be a better rider which is worth a lot. For now, I am happy just learning to be a better rider. And if that's all he is, my schooling horse, I can live with it.
19. Favorite horse show venue: El Sueno. The show secretary is awesome, the arenas are beautiful, my camping spot is always so peaceful, and I always have a great time! What's not to love?
But, I prefer two-days shows where I can drive the several hours on Friday afternoon. When we do that, I can arrive in the middle of of the day, get my horse stabled, get my own camp set up, and then do a warm up ride on Friday evening.
On Saturday and Sunday mornings, I always get up early and feed and take Speedy for a long walk/ lunge to help him get his wiggles out. He's never "high," but he's not used to being cooped up in those small show stalls so he really appreciates getting out for a look around.
I like to hang out with him in his stall, but I also leave him to go and watch others show. I usually begin my warm up ride 20 - 30 minutes before my test, and if my next test is an hour or more later, I untack and let Speedy rest in his stall (or at the trailer if it's a one-day show). Once the day is over, he gets a beet pulp/rice bran/electrolyte mash and all the hay he can eat.
Once my final test is finished on Sunday, I always give Speedy at least an hour to rest and nap before I load up for the drive home.