Sunday, June 6, 2010

June 4, 2010

Cindy took the day off of work to go to the LOPE horse show.

Gary headed over to the neighbor's stables to hook up the trailer early in the morning and let Cindy sleep in a bit (that means getting up at 7:30 a.m. instead of 5:30 a.m. to Cindy).

They loaded up the buckets, cooler, chairs, etc. and headed over to the stables around noon. As expected, LBR was a muddy mess so when Gary brought him up from the paddock, they headed directly into the wash stall for a bath.

After the bath, they groomed and LBR dry. It was miserably hot and humid:-(

Around 2:30 p.m., they loaded up LBR and his stablemate BP and headed out for San Marcos.

They arrived around 3:30 p.m., checked into the show and unloaded the horses. BP's owner and husband had followed them down and were a big help with the unloading.

After getting LBR settled into his stall with water and hay, Gary & Cindy walked around the show grounds. The Hays County Civic Center is a nice facility with an air conditioned (yeah!!) indoor arena and an outdoor warm up/schooling arena.

Around 5:30 p.m., Gary led LBR into the indoor arena to see how he would do. LBR was really calm and cool (pun intended). He's no fool - air conditioning ROCKS!

Since LBR was so calm, they decided to saddle him up for a ride. Cindy rode him in the indoor arena and LBR continued to be relaxed. She walked and trotted him for nearly an hour and he worked well on a loose rein.

The arena got a bit crowded after a while and some of the people were not used to riding in arenas (didn't know how to pass correctly). One rider cantered up behind LBR so closely that her horses tail swished Cindy's leg as she passed. LBR "scooted" about 6' sideways but didn't panic. He calmed quickly and Cindy ended the ride on a good/relaxed note.

After letting LBR rest in his stall for a while, Gary led LBR out to the schooling ring and grassy areas of the show grounds. He was very calm.

Gary & Cindy put LBR back into his stall around 8:30 p.m. and headed to their hotel for a much needed shower. They went out to dinner and finally settled into bed around 11:00 p.m.

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