Sunday, I was going to take December to the same place for their English/hunters schooling show, but of course she was having none of that and ripped off her shoe and most of her foot to boot. Instead we took Charlie, who lunged out just fine in the morning, and Allonsey, my friend Alyson's horse. Charlie was like a crack addict in our first class which was English Eq maiden (clearly we have some work to do), so I asked Aly if I could ride Allonsey in the rest of my classes. She's only doing the walk/trot and ground pole classes currently. Allonsey's a really well trained hunter, but had a injury and is just getting started again after about a year off. Alyson's a little green, but a great rider and has made huge strides learning about all the quirks a TB without consistent work can develop and how to move past them. Allonsey and I got a second in an English pattern class, a third in Eq, fourths in hunter hack and hunter hack maiden (he was being a goof), and then finally a first in warm-up hunters. I realized that was the first time I've jumped a full course on him and the first full course he's jumped in years. He's really nice though...just set him up consistently before the fences and leave him alone and he does his job. We ended after that class since it was so good.
Unfortunately, the only down part of the day was Allonsey, who has trailered nicely for me before, decided he did not want to trailer. It took an hour and a half before the show, and about a half an hour to get him in after. In the process of trying to load after he stepped on my foot and pivoted. It's pretty ugly but getting better every day. I managed to get boots on yesterday so of course I rode... I'm terrible.