I'm just so excited about the good weekend I had with the horses! I just have to share.
Saturday went to a local family rodeo and did barrels and poles. Barrels I still took Red pretty slow because I didn't yet "trust" that he'd turn well and not blow off the backside, but he did wonderful for me. Time to ask for more speed! Pole bending he did quite well for me with some speed (since he proved himself to me on barrels that we could speed it up from a slow lope). Even though we knocked one down weaving back, and even though our middle end pole was wide.... his first turn and his last turn were both phenomenol so I was tickled about that. Would have had a 24-something without the knocked pole, which I thought was pretty good for the very first time asking him for a little bit of speed in the pattern.
That rodeo got done pretty late around 8 PM because there were so many contestants, but I trucked it down to my parents place for the night. Got the horses tucked in around 10 PM. Then up bright and early the next day for a horse show! (A takes time to wash and brighten 6 white socks on two horses.)
Red didn't stand perfectly for showmanship; especially when I was on his right side. He kept wanting to play and eat his leadrope. Little booger.... Granted, he gets bored and I didn't practice with him at all, so it is what it is.
Got first place in halter with my two-yr-old. It might have been only out of two horses ....... but he's still put together nice!
Got 3rd place in halter with Red out of 14 geldings.
Got 3rd place in Western Pleasure out of at least 12 riders. He did so nicely for me! Nice and calm. He hope he's starting to figure out when its's time to go slow, and when it's time to go fast.
Ended up getting 3rd place in Reining, although I was mad at him for missing his right lead (when he knows better) and when he tried to cut some of the circles on me (when he knows better) and when he started backing up instead of pivoting (when he knows better) since he doesn't actually spin. Booger! I didn't watch everyone else, but my mom said a lot of people were messing up the pattern and didn't keep their circles perfect and such, so I guess we must have gotten points for precise execution. I really hadn't expected to place. There had to have been at least 10 or more in reining.
Keyhole, ehhhhh, Red hasn't figured out the STOP and turn around and go back QUICK idea yet, haha. He'll get there. I think he thought he was supposed to turn the end pole (they run keyhole with 4 poles in a square) so he was probably a bit confused.
Barrels wasn't perfectly smooth, and our pattern wasn't perfect, but he was trying so danged hard for me! So I was happy with how he worked. Even though he fell down to his knees at the end of the run when I was slowing him up to stop. I don't know if he tripped or slipped or what, but the poor guy had dirt all over his knees, and even scratched his nose to draw blood. I'm so glad we didn't go end over end or something crazy. Really watched him closely after that but he seemed fine.
Went and did our trail class after that and we took 2nd place!! He did beautiful for me! Calm, relaxed, sidepassed like a champ, dominated the gate. So proud of him. (There was about 15 riders in that.)
Pole bending was awesome! He took 2nd! His end pole was gorgeous. Weaving was excellent. Middle end pole was still a little wide, but much much much better. He just ran so awesome! I was SO excited with his run
Ring Race we took first place!! Wasn't at break neck speed, but he placed me exactly where I needed to be to spear all the rings to have a clean run. Such a good boy!
Minus our reining pattern, he just performed so well for me. He's finally starting to get the hang of some of this stuff. Long story, but just had to share! Pumped that he's starting to figure stuff out.
Wish I had videos for this stuff, but my mom and I were pretty much right next to each other for all of our events. It's hard to pass the camera between us both horseback.
I normally don't take the ribbons, but Red doesn't have any yet, so I thought I'd better! His loot: (although one 1st place belongs to Shotgun)
Red likes to sleep in-between events.
Waiting for Showmanship.