January 20, 2014

Day 3 - Your Proudest Riding Moment

I would have to say my proudest moment with Ypke was the 2013 Veteran's Day Parade.   I am not going to lie, I was a ball of nerves and thought I was going to hurl.  Of course, when you are nervous the horse picks up on it... that made me even MORE nervous. She had never been to a show or parade, just in an arena and trails, so I had no idea how she would react.  Ypke and loud noises is like wearing your helmet backwards, it just doesn't happen.

The start of the parade was about a one minute haul from my house, so instead of dealing with all the traffic I decided to walk her there.   She was good on the way there, but she snorted and stepped away from the storm drains whenever we passed one.

Alas, we finally arrived and I hitched her up to a friend's trailer and decorated her up.  My friends loaned me some hay and she stood there munching away contently.  Note how I opted for the western tack... false sense of security. Isn't she a cutie?  Banded mane, ribbons in her mane, spray painted tail, stars on her rump, a bandana, her cute EasyBoots...

I (somewhat) reluctantly got on, my beginner nerves acting up, and prepared to be thrown off.  The bands and motorcycles began, but there was no spooking, just a bit of prancing.  We rode to the starting point and off we went.  She did awesome, although she was walking fast.  I had loads of fun waving to the spectators and people would point at us and say, "Woah, look at it's hair!" or "What a cute fluffy pony!" and even "That one is my favorite!"  

Flags, horns, motorcycles, bands, cheering crowds, cameras, spooking horses, and more.  Sure she was walking fast and would gawk at the storm drains, but there were no blowups!  I had a wonderful time and hope to go back next year.  

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