Not such a fantastic start to the weekend…….”a very capable horse, just tense today”

Well…. Gus’s braids looked spectacular, and he warmed up well. As soon as his hooves hit the sand, however, all of that relaxation went out the window. We had some brilliant moments and some moments of real crappiness. I was surrounded by some of the best preliminary riders in the nation, and I feel like my horse let me down. I guess he tried to behave…..when he wasn’t busy taking off with me in the counter canter and doing random flying changes. At least he did two immobile halts and didn’t trot off with me after my freewalk. I think I’m just going to have to be happy with that. We are currently sitting in 15th out of 15 with a 43.5. We have never before placed this poorly after dressage and I don’t really know what to do with myself. I just keep telling myself that there’s nowhere else to go but up.

I walked my xc course 3 times today. It’s big, but seems inviting for the most part. There are a few areas that are a little intimidating, but I think Gus will like the course overall.

Tonight we ate dinner and spent some time at the hotel with a. few of Erica’s Michigan friends . While we were there we bummed a shower too! Much better.

When we got back to the park I walked Gus and finished cleaning his stall for the night. We’re back at our campsite now just getting ready for another great night of “roughing it”. It was chilly last night…in the 50’s ….but I slept well enough thanks to my under armour.

Tomorrow morning I will wheel my course and ride at 2:45. Let’s hope my friend (Gus) comes to work tomorrow!

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