I have so many feelings about this.
I am excited, proud to have qualified, feeling a bit like I don’t deserve it, and overwhelmed at the thought that I have 2 months to keep Jack in one piece: a skill in which he is… lacking. dearly, dearly lacking.
I’m also conflicted as to how much I should invest in this effort. It’s so hard to know how competitive I would be, and so therefore how much extra I should put into an already expensive event (thinking of extra lessons, etc). Jack is competitive at home (aka the Carolina Horse Park), but would our mid-upper 20s dressage score be enough to be enough to have a shot at a ribbon in a championship environment? That’s where I’m doubtful.
Still, this big once-in-a-lifetime event definitely has spurred me to take care of things I’ve let fall by the wayside for the last year.
For instance, I’ve been a bad horse mom and haven’t had my saddles refitted in almost 2 years. Eek. So likely they need a good hard assessment, and the fact that my jumping saddle now wants to slide a few inches back makes this even more critical.
Jack could definitely also benefit from some chiropractic attention. Homeboy is just big, and can be hard on himself physically, and I feel like his hips in particular are probably out of whack.
So in light of all this, he’s seeing both a new chiropractor, the saddle fitter and the vet for a check in next week.
And before that, I’ve got 3 lessons coming up this weekend, in an attempt to whip myself into tip top shape from a jumping perspective and try to iron out the kinks.
Am I crazy? How far do you go to prepare for a big show? What about the biggest show???