I am so excited! So my green broke mare ,Charm, has gotton the basics done on her like walk, trot, canter, whoa, leg aids(little more work yet), neck reining, lateral movement, and transitions down pat. Although I will be working with her a couple more months on these basics just to make sure she has it stuck in her head.
But anyway my friend has a quarter horse mare that she has been trying to teach penning and roping on and I desided to bring Charm into the arena to just "watch" what she was doing. Basically, my friend was just having her horse herd the one cow in the arena into the pen and holding them there. After about 15 minutes of watching I felt like Charm actually wanted to have a go at it and asked my friend if I could have a try, granted I have done only a fractionally small bit of roping and penning in my life so basically I suck at it. I intended to just let Charm walk or trot the cow into the pen and hold it for as long as I think she could with a my friend helping.
Well, all I can say is that Charm attacked that cow like she has done this all her life. She was so into it that I barely had to touch her and she knew what was needed to be done. I was shocked. I was basically on just for the ride, of course I had complete control of her its just she knew what the game plan was haha.
Anyway I was wondering, since I am a total greenhorn at roping and penning and apparently my girl absolutly adores it and I doubt she will become the barrel horse I wanted her to be, are their any book, articles, websites, DVDs, or tips you can offer me? I will be working with a trainer once a week cause I don't have any idea on how to start but I hope to get some background knowledge before pursuing this.
Like stated above though I won't be starting the training for this for another two months probably or I may work Charm once a week for now on this just because she seems happiest while penning.
Sorry for long post :)