My pity party is over and I have continued doing what I normally do with Shyloh to get ready for the show. Shy seems over whatever it was that freaked her out and back to her new normal self.
Jaime scheduled a trail practice class to prepare for the show. We scoured her property and found a bridge, some poles, a barrel, and a tarp. Perfect! Jaime got Notch, her sister, Jill, got Reba the shire mare, and I got Shy all harnessed up and ready to go over our trail course.
|At the hitching post|
Shy was very careful and slow moving, almost like she was unsure of what to expect, but she was not tense and nervous. In fact, we had a great practice on the trail course. First time on the bridge and Shy did not even hesitate! Usually, it takes me a couple tries before she decided it is okay.
With the tarp, Shy did hesitate and try to turn around, but I turned her back and tapped her on and she decided to give it a try. After that, Shy had no problem with the tarp. We took a couple spins around the course and called it a day. I am glad to have that Shy back.
Notch and Reba were great on their trail runs, too. . .even if Reba was not a fan of the bridge!
The next day, it was time for my lead line kids to practice trail with Shy. They really are the cutest kids. Tommy was ready to pick Shy's feet and as he was he said, "This is the frog." So cute! And I love how they are listening and learning.
Terry brought some cones so we added to the course. And Becky let us borrow a kid's saddle. Terry fitted Shy and the kids and we were ready to go!
I had the kids walk Shy through the course first. Shy was so good for them, even though she did dive for grass. Tommy dug right in and yanked Shy up with all of his 3 year old might! Adorable!! Shy took every obstacle for the kids in stride.
Then it was time to ride! Tommy and Lily took turns going through the course on Shy's back and Shy took care of them. Jaime's niece and one of the kids even got a battery powered truck out and drove it around and Shy didn't care! Gotta love this Shy! Shy is a really good kid's pony. . .maybe I should pop some kids out for Shy. . .
Everyone is very excited for the show Sunday. Tomorrow is going to be busy getting the trailer, getting packed, washing ponies, and getting ready to show!