Originally Posted by Allison Finch
OK, I need some background here. I don't know what you are trying to achieve. I am new to your situation, so how about a little history lesson?
Ahem. Here it goes:
My dad traded a parts baler for two untouched yearlings. They were never EVER handled or even attempted to be handled by anyone until we got them. They were loaded into the trailer like cattle... We roped them and get them haltered and kept a 2-3 foot long "lead" in the halter for catching purposes. The dun turned out to be mine because I was the only one of us that had patience enough to catch her the first few weeks. After they were halterbroke, we left them until late spring 2010.
Considering these two horses were really big and strong by Spring, we decided to get some light rides in the roundpen. I was super excited to be able to break my first horse, so I went about everything carefully and calmly, did some free lunging with her in the roundpen before I would ride her, and got on and worked on the basic cues. In the middle of May, she blew up and bucked me off, and broke my arm, so she was left until late November save a couple light rides over to summer. In November, I did one cattle drive with her.
I took her to brandings and worked cows off of her at home in the Spring, and about 4-5 days a week in the Summer, worked on a lot of bending and such with her in my "riding" pen. Later in the summer, I decided to get her collected up, so we worked on that in the pen. I took her to a roping in August and chased a few steers down the arena from both the heading and heeling box, and to finish off the day, I heeled and held a steer on her and she did exceptionally well. I've done a lot of good solid rides on her this fall, including about 3 cattle chases, (one across a ferry!) 1 gong-show pasture sort... that was the one day when I reeeeeally had to push her to do what she didn't have to before, and I sorted cows on her last week when we had to sell calves.
My goals with her are leaning more and more towards the barrel racing side of things, because she is really light in the mouth and with leg cues and she is proving to be really fast as well. My inital goal with her was to make her into a heading horse, but if she barrel races, heading will come into the equation as well. I also think she would make a wonderful cross country horse, she loves jumping!!! She jumps bushes and such with ease, and I'm not asking her too, most of the time I'm too worried about a cow and just expect her to plow through it, then I find myself tossed into a sloppy two-point, in a western saddle. But, sadly, I do not know of anywhere within a 2 hour drive that I would have to opportunity to learn anything about jumping and such.