So I finally consulted the calendar for a local circuit of schooling shows aimed at novice riders and novice horses. And I realized the season opener is March 4th.
This happened almost one year ago (our first ride!)
I am debating bringing Henry to do the W/T equitation classes and the two trot poles classes. I think it would be a good experiment to see what he thinks of riding in a new arena with other horses. And we don’t even have to jump anything. But also…ribbons.
One of the barriers last year to me doing more showing (besides being incredibly broke) was that I didn’t have a trailer. I still don’t and it’s not looking very promising. But I have a friend who has a nice little stock trailer she will let me borrow (I’m insisting that I pay). She’s moved out of the country so she definitely won’t be needing it in the immediate future, so it’s sort of a win-win for both of us.
So I have wheels. I have already confirmed that the trailer is free and available that day.
But I don’t have a lot of room in my budget… womp womp. And that’s sort of bumming me out. I don’t have a proper pair of tall boots (still need to put zippers in one pair and the other pair needs to be re-soled). I don’t have a proper belt. I don’t have gloves. I don’t have a shaped pad for Henry (it’s technically a hunter series).
I got these for $99 years ago (regular price $399 - score!) but because my right foot was broken I can't get the right boot on... so I need to have zippers put in.. :( $$
I know those things could be strung together on my meager budget but it would be so nice to purchase some nicer items for our show debut.
I’m also still finishing up the course work that I mentioned and am fairly stressed (it’s all due by March 1st). I’m not sure if adding a show to our near future would add excitement or just more stress. I am legit getting grey hair.
There is another schooling show in a difference series that runs at the end of March, which I would also like us to attend. The lowest level is x-rails, which would probably be fine for us too. But I’m leaning towards the March 4th as our first outing as we don’t have to jump anything.
What do you think? Should I suck it up and stop being a sad panda about wearing ugly hobo clothes for my first show with Henry? Or should I wait until I'm less stressed out and have more funds?