Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Tri-State (IA, WI, IL) area
I have a few....
I was running Magic in a barrel race (maybe her second or third show), and we cut the first barrel too short and knocked it over. Magic barely paused to cowkick the barrel as it fell, it landed back upright, and then she bolted off to the second barrel before I'd quite comprehended what had happened, and the crowd just laughed. I got docked for the fallen barrel, but the judge came up after and said that she wasn't sure if that counted as grabbing the barrel or not. XD
I was showing 2-Pak in a Walk/Trot class, and he was doing all right considering his lack of showing experience. We passed the announcer's booth on the rail, and I gently encouraged him to stay on the rail, since he'd spooked at it the last time around, and he did, although he kept his head turned to stare at it. I figured I'd let him, just so long as he didn't spook. Well, he kept staring at that announcer's booth all the way down the rail, and when we got to the turn, he was still staring, and I couldn't get him to straighten his neck to turn the opposite direction.... so he walked right into the gates, stopped, and turned his head to stare at the gate he'd run into before spooking at them! XD Then during the lineup, he flexed his head back, rested his chin on my boot, and fell asleep, refusing to straighten his neck until the other horses started leaving! Needless to say, he didn't place. ^^;