Monday, August 2, 2010

A successful trailer-in lesson

After Panama's first horse show, Daisy's owners and I decided to do a couple of trailer-in lessons at the barn where the schooling show was held. Daisy's owners and I use the same trainer, and she has connections to the other barn, so it seemed like a good way to prepare for the next show in September.

Last Friday, we had our first trailer-in lesson since the show. We had tried to do a trailer-in lesson a couple days before the show, but Panama wouldn't load, so Daisy went without us. I was a bit worried that the same thing would happen on Friday, but Panama loaded easily — for my trainer, of course.

He did well at the lesson, too, quite to my surprise. Daisy's teenage rider is jumping, so for our shared lesson my trainer had us ride in the arena with all the jumps. And I mean, there were a LOT of jumps. At first Panama was pretty scared of them, but we followed Daisy for half a lap and he calmed down a bit when he saw she wasn't worried. Then my trainer asked us to walk the horses in between the jumps. After a few balks, and one spin and a half-hearted attempt at a bolt, Panama got over it.

In fact, he was doing so well that we were able to canter (my litmus test for how good his self-control is at the moment — he doesn't canter well when he's up). We also did trot poles and a pile of poles, and he did fine with all of it.

The icing on the cake was when it was time to leave. My trainer had another lesson and couldn't help us load right away, so she told me just to try and if it didn't work, she'd help when she was done. I was really concerned that Panama wouldn't load for me, since he does much better for my trainer. But he did — one foot at a time, but on the first try. We didn't have to back out or take a break, even if he did make me think a few times that we might have to!

What a promising day! I am looking forward to the schooling show in the fall, where maybe this time, Panama can strut his stuff in more than just the practice ring!



At August 2, 2010 at 6:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a pretty good outing!

At August 12, 2010 at 7:35 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Thanks Kate! It really was -- I was so pleased! If I had a trailer of my own, I would do this more often, just for the experience!


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