Tango took his first trip to a show to walk around and be longed in the crowd. He enjoyed seeing the sights, was interested in the other horses, but didn't seem to be worried about too much.
When we got home, poor Tango was exhausted! He flopped down in the middle of the arena and was uninterested in getting up even when Corky and Pepsi came by to investigate him.
Time for Tango's first longe line show - Fallen Horsemen Memorial Show in Springfield Ohio. He took the 2 hour haul, strange new arena, and rainy weather in stride.
Longe line at Kenton, and first Yearling Halter class
Longe line at St. Marys
Longe line at Kenton
I loaded up the trailer and hit the road around 1:30 in the afternoon. I was lucky enough to miss the worst of the rush hour traffic in Cincinnati. I stopped in Kentucky for supper and allowed tango to rest his legs a bit. He drank a bucket of water and had eaten up his entire hay bag, so I gave him a second hay bag for the rest of the trip. He was a great traveler!
We arrived around 7pm, unloaded and got settled in the stall. Tango was a champ! Once he relaxed, I took him out to the covered pen and put him on the longe line and let him stretch his legs for about 5-10 minutes. He was pretty quiet, but was interested in all the activity going on. Later that night when the day's show was finished, I took him to the big coliseum and let him check out that atmosphere. There was only one other person in the arena, and they soon left. We had the place to ourselves! I walked with the longe line and let Tango trot all over the arena and explore. He was slightly worried when there were people up in the seats sweeping the trash, but he never got very high about it.
We were the only huntseater in the class, as usual. Tango behaved VERY well! He was exhausted from the heat and the long travels, but did the best he could. We ended up 6th in the Non-Pro out of 10.