I haven't really been active in the forum lately as I haven't really had much to talk about. However I now have a reason to have a topic on this area of the forum :)
Things started to really look up for me a few weeks ago. I was having trouble tracking down a friend of mine to help teach me how to barrel race. Although I understood he was busy, I was continually disappointed by his lack of effort. On a whim, I ended up contacting a barrel racing coach about half an hour away. I had a lesson on one of her horses the next day. It went fantastic! She revealed to me that the horse that I was on was actually her open barrel mare and that I had ridden her better then she anticipated. At the end of the lesson, she pulled me into the centre and explained that she was too busy to ride all the horses that she had to work with, so was hoping that I would be interested in riding her horses in exchange for lessons! For me, it was an amazing opportunity and one that I certainly wasn't going to turn down.
So, nearly everyday since I have been out there, riding her sales and training horses. Most are barrel horses, but I'm currently fitting up a western pleasure mare and some trail horses. Most of the horses I was on had similar types of issues, just holes in their training that need to be fixed. After a few weeks, the lady put me on one of the 3 year olds she had in to sell. I have never ridden a horse like her! At three, she was amazing. Super light. Flawless transitions. Great in the ring and on the trail. I couldn't stop smiling. For having less than 100 rides, she was something special.
I bought her earlier this week :) Her barn name is Twister, but I'm thinking of changing her registered name (Sheza Twisted Bingo...I'm not a fan!) We have only lightly started her on barrels right now (a lot of slow work), but the goal is to complete in futurities this coming year. I don't know when our first exhibition will be, but I'm looking forward to it! I have high expectations for her.
Pulling a fake calf at an extreme cowboy clinic. She did better than a lot of the horses there
Walking around the indoor
Anyway, I just wanted to show off my new girl! Hopefully I'll have plenty of updates as we start showing