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    03-12-2013, 12:38 AM
OTTB. : ) hurt himself before he actually raced, though, but he did get plenty of training before hand. Big grey bugger.
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    03-12-2013, 12:41 AM
Ah, very nice.. I was almost picturing a big ol TB towering the barrels as he ran around them, lol.

I do love me a grey!
    03-12-2013, 12:43 AM
Yuuuuuuus. He is so huge compaired to my tiny 5'0 stature.

But for now, we's workin on collection and slower gaits before we even canter round barrels. Worked on doing a figure eight around them last lesson in prep for games this year, as I would love to ride him in them.
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    03-12-2013, 12:16 PM
Originally Posted by Deschutes    
Will do! His owner says he isn't super fast, but he is consistent, which is better than being fast. : p.
When it comes to GAMING events, it isn't always the fastest horse that wins. The key to winning a lot of different gaming events is to be efficient, have a good strategy, and be quick.

We used to have a little 13.3 hand Nokota/Welsh mare. When the keyhole pattern was set close to the timer, she would often WIN. Not because she was faster than the 15.3 Quarter Horse, but because she was small and quick. You'd barely have to get in that keyhole to turn her around and out you went again! She'd also always place in pole bending, right alongside the big horses. Granted, you had to watch your knees or she'd take them off on a pole, but she was able to turn so tight and so quick, she saved herself time and placed.

While speed can be put to good use, it isn't always necessary to do well at gaming events.
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    03-12-2013, 01:27 PM
Right. I had assumed (probably incorrectly) that barrels were about speed?

For the festival gaming, my instructor always tells me that it is better to go slow and get the rings/dolls/water/hack up the lettuce, than it is to be a speed demon and potentially miss, or hurt someone.
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    03-12-2013, 03:13 PM
Well speed is a huge factor as obviously the purpose is to get in and out with the fastest time, but sometimes you can have a speedy horse that won't turn worth a ****, runs hard but blows past every barrel...In which case, I can walk the pattern faster than you.

In a gymkhana series event then consistently is the name of the game. That's how you win a high point or end of the day cash. Plus most gymkhanas break up into divisions. So, I may not be fast enough for the A division, but my consistent little pony could win in the B division. Or whatever they are called in your series.

A top gymkhana horse is going to be a completely different thing than a barrel horse who wins at the major rodeos and barrel races.
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    03-12-2013, 07:50 PM
I'll give you an example of my mom's horse, compared to my horse I used to have.

My horse Beau --> We'd always place in barrels, speed dash, cup and water, keyhole, and sack race. He was a very large horse (16.1 hands) so he had that ground covering speed you needed to run from one end of the arena to the other. But he could also stop and turn on a dime. And he figured out how to get into the 1D of barrel racing. So he was a good barrel racer, but also a good gaming horse. But I couldn't do all the events with him. He wasn't good at all of them. But he still won me a few high points.

My mom's horse Crinkle --> I would often use her and place in dollar bareback race and musical chairs. My mom would usually place in pole bending, keyhole, and flag race. My mom's horse was NOT the fastest on a straighaway. Not at all. But you could turn very sharp and quick with her (saving time) and she is wonderful at the strategic games (like muscial chairs). She is not the fastest horse. But she also has won several high point awards for my mom.

Two completely different horses. Both with different event strengths. But both won high points.
    03-12-2013, 09:04 PM
Oh I see. I'd just be happy to be good enough to show in it, let alone place, haha.
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    03-13-2013, 10:36 AM
Originally Posted by Deschutes    
Oh I see. I'd just be happy to be good enough to show in it, let alone place, haha.
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Oh it took a couple years before my big guy Beau started placing in barrels. Takes a while to get them used to the gaming environment too.

I doubt anyone would care if you are "good enough to show" at a gaming show. We always have people of all levels at the shows I go to. In fact, I'd rather see a rider taking their horse slow and correct through a gaming event, than someone blasting in there with no control of their horse whatsoever.

I'm starting from scratch again with Red so it'll be awhile until he brings me home any awards (hopefully, anyway!). So we'll be one of those ones going slow! I only got him to one gaming show last year, and we just trotted most of our stuff. Nobody cares! Heck, I pretty much just volunteered my entry fee for someone else to win, LOL. Ideally, it should make the winners happy when there are lots of slow people.
    03-13-2013, 03:44 PM
: ) Given that, maybe next year or so I could do some shows... Sounds like something to look forward to!

Show equipment is terribly expensive, haha, if I had the money to get it, I'd go for it this year. Not to mention the show entry fees, too!
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