I classic horseperson fashion, I spent my Easter Sunday... at a horse show. Namely, at IHSA Zones (the last step before Nationals for the hunt seat Equestrian Team riders) right at the Stanford Red Barn. I wasn't riding but got to take lots of photos that I'll post later in the week.
But the real excitement for me was after the show was over. High on life after a massive lunch from Chairman Bao and the Stanford Equestrian Team dominating the team competition and clinching a trip to the National finals, we pulled out a few of the Western horses for the English riders try Western on, with extremely hilarious results.
Meanwhile, I grabbed Ringo for a nice casual bareback ride to unwind after a long and exhausting weekend, and decided to go one step further and not only go saddle-free, but bridle-free as well! I have been safekeeping my friend's neck wire for the past few years but have never used it (but have always wanted to!), so decided after warming Ringo up in his snaffle to give it a go.
(he looks so happy!)
Man, what an awesome horse. I'm a lucky girl!
The next week will be busy preparing for our first real dressage show of the season. Ringo has been feeling amazing recently, so I'm just trying to put some polish on without overfacing or souring him. Fingers crossed!