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post #1 of 9 Old 04-06-2012, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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Bragging on Selena...MASSIVE time improvement.

OH MY GOD.

I FREAKIN' LOOVVEEEEE THIS HORSE.

Okay so for those of you that don't know Selena has been on barrel for about a month and a half. She has ran twice before today. The first time was when she had been patterned for a week and she ran a 21. I ran her at the gymkhana last weekend and she got a 19. Two seconds shaved off.

We went down to the same arena today with all intentions of just doing slow work. Well it didn't really work out....xDDD Me and a couple friends placed a bet. A mock barrel race between the four of us. Whoever was the slowest had to clean the top threes stalls for the week.

I took Selena in and she ran a 16.26. YES! A sixteen second run! And she did it going in quietly, working like a real pro running really hard, and at the end walked right back to the pattern almost lazily and did some more slow work. I love her so much! That's around a 3D run with only a month and a half of work. I wish I could say it was my training abilities but I think this horse is just ****ed talented and loves to work. This has been sooo good for her, getting away from always having to look pretty and framed up and sliding and running and sliding and spinning and running and sliding and sliding and sliding. She was sour on the reining when I got her but now she is just so relaxed. She hasn't even offered to try and explode on me, which some of you know she likes to do....lol She just goes in like a calm little sweetheart, all the time.

So all in all, are you guys as impressed as I am?? I think by next year we could go to state in some gaming if she keeps going at this rate. I love her to pieces. And I know she won't get crazy either, she's not that type to get hot and jiggy. But **** she seems to love her new job!
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #2 of 9 Old 04-06-2012, 07:16 PM
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My story is the exact opposite but I understand your story! I've got a mare whom was running barrels as a green four year old. When I got her she was so hot and anxious that I rattled my brains out at a simple trot. Actually she HAD no trot. FAST walk or FAST trot. And within a few months I've got her doing reining spins, rollbacks, slow jog, flying lead changes and she's sooo calm about it! XD so I completely understand
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post #3 of 9 Old 04-06-2012, 07:40 PM
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Yayayayya! It seems like horses have been behaving the past few days, because I've had breakthroughs with 2 horses here in the past 3 days!
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post #4 of 9 Old 04-06-2012, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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It's so exciting! I have the last equestrian meet of the year with Selena next weekend, so she'll do her fourth run there. Hell, maybe we'll place!

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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That's soooo exciting!!!! I've had the same thing happen with my new boy!!! Our runs have gone from a no time, 18.5, 18.0, 17.2, and last night ran a 16.7 (16.8 if it would've been in the same arena as the others.)!!! I'm SO proud of him! Good job and keep up the good work!!!!
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post #6 of 9 Old 04-07-2012, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you BarrelBunny! And GREAT job with your boy too!!
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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You're welcome, and thanks!!

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post #8 of 9 Old 04-09-2012, 12:03 PM
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That's great news, congrats!!
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post #9 of 9 Old 04-09-2012, 08:30 PM
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Congratulations!

It's always exciting to see tangible improvement.

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