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post #1 of 7 Old 03-14-2011, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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To continue the bubba13/Bones saga:

How does she look in the arena?

Here are a few clips from Thursday night. Warm-up (note how much more relaxed she is in the arena than in the field?) and a "slow" practice lope-through. I did some slow work to correct her after this to fix our awful mistakes--no need to mention the terrible issues on the barrel pattern, as I'm well aware of them and worked to correct her in slow trot work afterwards (rating the turns, not flinging her butt outside, finishing barrels, etc.). This was her first time seeing barrels, and her first time leaving home, since August, so you've got to cut her a little slack, not to mention I'm pretty out of practice myself.

How strung-out is she, really, while trotting, especially on the first right-handed lap?

And then you get a bonus round of Brandy--first time she'd seen barrels in a long time--I just pointed her at the pattern to see what she would do. I never could get together with her, for while she's super talented and athletic, she hates barrels and has no heart. Plus our styles did not jive. And now she's got hock arthritis which makes the turns more difficult.
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-14-2011, 12:36 PM
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Wow, much nicer! She's like a totally different horse!

As a note, why do your horses always continue to the third barrel on the correct lead, switch to the wrong lead, and then immediately switch again and deek hard to the side before going around? That seems like an awful waste of time to me, not to mention more potential for a fall? I thought it was a Bones thing, but I notice Brandy does it to?

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Could very well be a cuing error. I just went back and watched the recap of Bones' 2010 runs and saw her swapping the lead in all but the one where she won the 1D. It's probably habit for her by now, but it could easily stem from the fact that I have always had terrible third barrels on every horse. It's when I try to correct the problem and set them up straighter that I tend to second guess the problem and suck them into the wrong lead while approaching, which at least sets them up in the right spot but, like you said, wastes time.

I would take Brandy's run with a huge grain of salt, though.
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So is warm up before the race a norm? I'd think it should be, but I've seen folks just saddling the horse and run on our local competitions.

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Well, this wasn't a race, just a weekday open arena practice, so there was a whole lot of terrible horsemanship going on (thankfully off camera). But yeah, of course anybody with half a brain cell will warm up--otherwise you're risking some serious soft tissue injuries, not to mention a rodeo of an entirely different nature! Not to say that everyone warms up the same way or "correctly," though. You'll have lots who will haul in, unload from the rig, ride around for an hour to "warm up," then leave their horses tied up for two hours until they're up, hop on, and run. Not that that does any good. I generally climb aboard about 20 minutes before I'm up, then do a lot of long trotting in a line, then trot some circles, then lope some circles in each direction, then do a few quick figure-8's if the ground is safe enough, then walk until I'm called.
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What bit is she in? (just kidding)

She looks much better.
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Hey now!


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