I didn't even have a chance to update my blog about our last minute success in pulling everything together. Long story short, my farrier (God LOVE him!) came out bright and early Friday morning to tack the missing shoe back on, so we rescheduled my lesson for Friday night and zipped off an entry form just before closing time. Friday night was more or less chaos. Thank god for Brenna being available that evening - I left the chores in her very capable hands, and headed over to Kelsey's for a jump school. Considering the fact that we have had several weeks off of jumping between incessant rain and my concussion incident, it went pretty decent overall. Towards the end we had a bit of a mare moment that got a little ugly, but we got through everything and ended on a good note. I wasn't too worried about it - bad school means a good show, right?
I didn't get back to the farm til 7:30, and then had to clip muzzles, legs, ears, bathe, whiten socks, clean tack, pull out shipping wraps, saddle pad, and bonnet to be washed, pack the trailer, and then finish chores. Needless to say, it was ten o'clock before I even headed home, and then had to do a load of laundry, polish boots, and arrange all my other showing necessities. The night before a show is always rough for me. The moment my head hits the pillow, I start thinking about all the different ways that things could go. It makes for a REALLY hard time getting to sleep, which is especially rough when the alarm is set for 5 am.
But whatever. I made it up in time to shower, gas up the truck, and feed horses before starting to load. Robyn pulled out to go pick up another horse, so I was left by myself to load April. Of course, the day of a show, we would have issues. I hesitate to elaborate on it much, but the combination of exhaustion and stress of being late led to a minor sobbing fit on my part. Thankfully she fed off my newly released tension, and walked right on the trailer to meet me. Big hugs and pats ensued. I swear - that mare will stroll on the trailer five times in the row, then randomly throw a total fit. I'm going to have to practice Ivy's loading tips more frequently....
We got to the show in time to have about five minutes in the warmup ring, which wasn't enough for me to try any of the fences together in the intended order. The first time I went to a show, I was able to memorize my course and jump the fences in sequence during warmup....not this time. My security blanket was gone - time to enter the real world.