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Show Prep Gone Awry!

Saturday will be Leo's first dressage show! I had hoped to prep all week, but unfortunately, a project deadline at work kept me at the office from early morning long into the evening every day. However, that deadline came and went, and I was finally able to ride Leo this evening. I was relieved by how excellent he was! He also had hind shoes put on for the first time this week, and I can tell a definite difference in his trot. There is more action, and he's reaching under himself with his hinds willingly. The show we are going to is a local schooling show, and my focus is simply to take him and expose him to the show atmosphere and routine. Since this is his first show, there are a lot of unknowns in terms of how he will behave off-site, in an outdoor arena without a rail, and with other horses schooling. While he is generally well-behaved off-site for small clinics, I feel like the show environment can be its own beast. So, I decided to keep the pressure off our ac

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