Just returned from an awesome competition weekend at the NEIHC Open in New York 😊 After a rough start on Saturday in which Vigri did not tolerate the heat and humidity well and in which I let my nerves get the better of me, Vigri and I finished third in both the V1 AND T1 finals on scores we were really happy with! The T1 final was some of the best I’ve ever felt him in competition, he just came to life and was SO enthusiastic and bright, a true joy to ride! I received several compliments on how balanced and happy he looked, and a couple of people commented that it was nice to see a horse competing at this level in a snaffle without a noseband 😊 I am so proud of my horse!! It was also a very exciting show for us because we are the first in the US to show under the new experimental shoeing rules, which allow composite (nonmetal) shoes and hoof boots. Vigri is currently shod in Duplo composite shoes and all weekend people were asking to pick up his feet to look at the shoes. I was thrilled to see people showing such interest. The shoes improve shock absorption, in fact one study shows that shock absorption for the joints is BETTER in composite shoes and hoof boots than it is when the hooves are totally bare, so if this rule gets approved outside of the experimental period it will be a big win for equine welfare in the sport. I was proud to be the first American to compete in approved composite shoes in FEIF classes at a sanctioned show!
So I feel like Aaron and John would bond over animals. Like, John for the obvious reasons but Aaron too because I feel like he's someone who just kinda of likes to go sit and stare at nature. And like, I think Planet Earth would be one of their common interests.