So it's a little frustrating to me that Selena is so smart.
I mean, really.
She's been to quite a few races this summer, I get that, but it makes me unhappy that she's starting to jig, be pushy, and powerful at the gate.
ESPECIALLY since I have to show her on eq. Team in the SLOWWWW Equitation events, reining, and working rancher. I can't do well if she's jigging around the arena like an idiot, and I have now ran in ALLL the arenas at the fairgrounds where the meets are held so she associates them with with running now.
Well long story short, I don't think we are going to race anymore until next spring... I know I'm not good enough to qualify with her to go to state in gaming, and after getting shut out two years in a row for state I really want to go in my senior year because I KNOW she can place in the performance events. We did consistently last year before the gaming. We were winning effortlessly, and the only reason I didn't qualify is because everyone ELSE was equally as good so we had to choose. We were seperated by as little as two points accumulative...
I still have two gaming classes as fillers on her though....
I'm thinking that I just won't practice gaming anymore for awhile, and do some open shows instead. And, I will take her to the barrel races and only let her run when she has a certain bit in her mouth (The Jr. Cowhorse with a roller) and then do some time onlys in her show bit (Billy allen mouthpiece shank) and make her go slow and think about placing her body, so she associates the bits with differant things.
That's my plan at least...Sigh. It sucks to have to rein things back in RIGHT as we were really starting to get faster, and win. She's brought me home a lot of money this summer and she really loves to run now since she's spent her whole prior life with her face snuffed to the ground, bound up, as a reiner (She was never allowed to really stretch and play, even though she was a very good reiner)
Also, I can't fix this at home. I legitimately have TRIED to unearth some sort of issue at the arena we ride at, but it is simply not there. She is perfect at home.
Time to blow a few shows with exhibitions and time onlys until she remembers she IS a performance horse in more ways than one.
I really don't want to stop this but I'm going to put my focus on Ruger for now as far as barrels go. He is finally back to loping the pattern correctly after his chiro visit, and Selena will just have to learn to come back to me. I would like to think my differant bit theory will work but I'm not sure so we'll see...