Aright guys so back from meet #1
First off I just want to acknowledge that I am VERY proud of Selena. Her past experiences have been very inconsistent, one minute she does great the next she doesn't, fine in the warmup awful in the arena, but this time it really all just came together and flowed. Working Rancher
was an awesome way to start the day. She was working really good in the warmup so I went in and she just worked. I don't even know what to say. The pattern was simple enough. http://www.ohset.com/patterns/scoreworkranch.pdf
She came flying in like a freight train to be honest. The judge barely had time to nod because I knew she was coming in and I wanted to let her go before she got too worked up. I let her come in like a rundown, and for a second I thought she might not stop O.O But I said whoa and didn't even have to touch her mouth, she just planted her butt and slid...It felt awesome. Awesome rollback, awesome circle with a beautiful stop after I threw my rope. She relaxed, opened the gate smoothly, had some HYPER cows which I expected her to short circuit but she just remained calm while we cut out our two, attentive, tracking them all the way like a pro.
Dragging the log though, that was our main issue. I took the rope and dallied, was ready to go, start walking and hit the end of the rope...and suddenly we aren't moving. Oh my GOD was that log heavy! Poor Selena was really unsure about that one. I did my best to help her. We had drug logs before but that was way heavier than it should of been, even people on more experienced and larger horses had one hell of a time with it. We ended up dragging it in too small a loop and almost tipping the barrel, having to back her out of the bales and pull it farther away then back in, but we still scored a 5 for the effort. Next time we know and we'll be prepared, I'm just glad I wasn't the only one who had trouble with it.
We placed 4th, which isn't a top 3 obviously but it still puts me in a good position if I can get her used to pulling heavier things to get better for next time. Western Horsemanship
scared the living daylights out of me. I get in there, having not looked at the dimensions for the pattern, and it. Was. Tiny. I knew Selena could handle it but there was NO room for error. In this one she did get a little chargey and pushy, but we nailed the circles and flying change and one of only a few who got a flawless counter canter. I placed fifth, with legitimately only five points between first and fifth. That's the smallest number possible...And I know we can do better. I'll have to push a little more for higher placings these next two meets if I want to go to state in it but I don't think we'll have too much of a problem. http://www.ohset.com/patterns/scorehorseman.pdf Reining
was FABULOUS! Her spins were smooth, the judge actually told me they were some of the best spins she'd ever seen. She DID try and pick up the wrong lead, but she quite literally only made it half a stride before I fixed it. Don't even think the judge noticed to be honest. Circles were perfect, loose rein, relaxed, very slow and then VERY fast. She felt so good we hauled butt in our large fast circles. She came right back down though with no effort on my part, flawless changes, good stops, nice rollbacks, backup could have used a little more energy but hey that's her weakest point. Paced second!
I don't even want to talk about barrels or keyhole.
I knew she was going to throw a fit as soon as I pulled her out of her stall that morning. I think she was sore from the day before actually, but she stalled out of the first barrel and jumped up and my stirrups went out the window! O.O Ran the rest with one hand on the horn and barely made it out alive when she decided to fire like a rocket all of the sudden.
Keyhole would of been great except I didn't pull my head out of my *** long enough to trust her. I sat way too early, not trusting her to rate, and sure enough she rated and turn...right over the neck of the painted line and ran it over. No time for me. :/ But she did her job and listened to me, I just have to focus next time.
Biwrangle was awesome, Selena ran smokin' but my only partner option was Brittney whose horse is old and not as far along, and she's not an experienced rider so we got slowed down. It's okay though, we were still 13th, and it was fun anyway just letting my pony run.
Oh and funny story about team penning.
We went on ahead and did it even though there was only two of us and we had so much fun.
Selena had a hay day. The cows were nuts and there was no way we were getting any, so at the 30 second buzzer I just took a random cow and worked it like a cowhorse.
Hey, Selena doesn't get to play with cows that often and I haven't gotten to work a cow like that in almost two years!
It was so much fun. I had time to circle the cow both directions before the buzzer told us to get out of the arena.
The gate people and the crowd all thought it was funny, and it gave my horse a lot of time to play. We did almost get two cows, but Selena overshot the first one and the second one Selena stayed right up on it but we were haulin' butt and Brittney just didn't get to the other side of the pen fast enough and the cow ran right out. That's okay though, it was so much fun just to go and play and let my horse do what she was meant to do.
If I had the resources, Selena would quit everything else and become a reined cowhorse. I mean, really, that is her talent and her forte. With very little exposure she has whipped out some major moves and has just a ton of cow in her.
I can't wait until next month when we get to do this all again.
I'll put up some pics soon.