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Had to cancel on 3 first time show'ers because of snow :(

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  • Had to cancel on 3 first time show'ers because of snow :(

    Was all set to bring 3 of my students to their very first show this morning. Stayed up after they left from getting everything ready on their own yesterday, to surprise them by braiding their school horses for them. Wake up this morning and we are covered in snow. Road in front of the farm looked clear, heads up from the incoming parents that it was just a couple dusting drifts, so we load up and head out. 1/2 mile down the road and we are in 6-8" drifts in the road, and out of safety for the horses aboard, I had to make the tough call to turn around and head home, as the rest of the road out is always worse drifts and steep hills. Called the show and they are running their walk/trot classes first thing in the morning. Had to break it to the three 8-12 year olds that we aren't going to be able to show. I just feel terrible and so bummed. All three of them tried to take it as well as they could, but you could tell they were all terribly upset. Leave it to New York State... last weekend 87 degrees and sweating at the show, and this weekend can't even make it to the show... I know it was the right call but just feel so very bad...

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    You are a good and worthy coach! Disappointing? Absolutely. But, what you have now shown them is, a horse's welfare is more important than a ribbon. Sounds trite but so true.

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    • #3
      ugh! Snow here too!!

      Good luck to them at the next show

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      • #4
        When I was younger we had to cancel an away show and also my last E-team show senior year because of Potomac fever. It was before we could pin point what it was and BEFORE we knew if it was contagious or not. It was a bummer BUT we all understood that we couldn't risk our horses health by stressing them and putting them at risk OR putting other horses at risk.

        We have since recognized the disease better, treat it better etc.

        But you have to make those hard decisions sometimes and I am sure everyone appreciated the braiding job that you did! SO good for you for making the right call and putting in the extra effort!

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          Thanks guys... know it was the right call, just can't seem to shake feeling like the horse show grinch... :/

          These tough little ones wouldn't even cancel their lesson the other week while it was hailing out because they wanted to get in extra practice before the show (thank goodness for my dear schoolies!). All three toughed it out and rode all winter, snow or not... without an indoor. They really deserve to get out there, so lets hope there is no crazy weather for the next one so they can have their shot.

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          • #6
            The weather up here is so unpredictable!

            A few years ago at the Cooperstown show, I had winter coolers on all my horses...in June!!

            ts a big change from what I was used to on Long Island!

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            • #7
              Trinityhill - you made the right call -- had something happened to you, the horses or any of the children being transported to the show - you would never forgive yourself for taking that chance for a ribbon. Luckily it is early in the season and there will be more shows. MAybe you could do something special for those kids who spent the time getting ready but weren't able to show. A special trip, little token, etc. At that age I'm sure they would appriciate anything small and horsey based.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ParisHillEC View Post
                ugh! Snow here too!!

                Good luck to them at the next show

                Snow here too! I was not a happy person on Sunday morning.
                Hopefully your kids will forget about it by the next show! You did the right thing.

                The first show of the season was here this weekend and in hindsight so glad I had not planned on going. I wouldn't ship horses in all the wind we had...

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                • #9
                  Sorry to hear. Here in the Albany area it was 88 last Sunday. I was sweltering in my lesson. Yesterday, I was wearing a parka, literally!

                  You made th correct decision. Good and safe horsemanship protects the horses-and the little children who ride them.
                  F O.B
                  Resident racing historian ~~~ Re-riders Clique
                  Founder of the Mighty Thoroughbred Clique

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                  • #10
                    What weird weather! Down here in MD it was gusting and wind-ing like nothing I've ever seen... it was constant. And COLD! It's not meant to be 50 with wind chill in May down here! Last week it was 90 degrees and humid!
                    Different flavors of crazy, but totally NUTS. You know its true. - GreyHunterHorse

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