We got up early this morning to bring Arshaq and Popgun to a club dressage competition.🎠✨🙏🏻🏆
But the day didn’t exactly turn out as I had planned.😖💥 Popgun got scared and panicked as we were unloading and he somehow backed up under the backbar and shot out of the trailer, scratching up his back in the process.🐼💔
Luckily, it didn’t go through his skin, but it did scrape off a lot of fur exactly where the saddle sits. We immediately called 2 veterinarians but they both had more urgent things to do so we had to wait for one of them to call us back. With advice from the vet, we decided it was best to wait on stand by where we were.
So once most of the chaos had landed, Poppy got to walk around and graze with mom while Adam and I quickly saddled and warmed up Arshaq for our start, which was in just 20 minutes!
Things went unusually smoothly so soon enough we were ready to start. At first Arshaq didn’t seem nervous at all, despite it being his first time. He ignored the tiny dressage fences and walked all the way over to the judge table.🚧👀
Then the speaker started.🔊🗯
So he spooked.😖👻
After that, he was very excited and ready to bolt, but we got through the entire program and scraped together 48,7% in the LC class.🌪🦁 That is not great points but I could feel him calming down and I knew that his first dressage competition might be like this.🍼🦁
We laughed a lot when we read that it just said “wrong lead” in the program when he bolted away at the canter.😂 Understanding judge!💛
We then let them graze and wondered what to do with Popgun. Finally, the veterinarian called and said they could be there in 15 minutes! They washed it off, looked him over and shaved around the scrapes, concluding that he was very lucky and not even injured enough to need painkillers.💛
Last minute, I decided to ride Arshaq in the class I had originally signed Popgun up for. Baby was a little more relaxed this time and got 55,18% in the LB, despite some bucking and bouncing.😂
Once we got home to the stable, the lifesaver Hästhälsan Susanne Ernäs came and looked Poppy over as well. We really appreciated her experienced eyes!💛
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