What Happens When You Botch A Run...
You laugh your @$$ off :-P
Honestly I see so many people who mess up and run and take it out on their horse. Just get over it and get on with your life it's not the end of the world hahaha lighten up :lol:
I am the only person at my shows who if I kill a run I come out with a smile. I've had so many people comment on that. One lady was like "Wow I don't know how you can mess up so bad and still smile about it." My reply was "Because I don't need a clean run to have fun. I don't need a ribbon I just want to ride my horse." She looked at me like I was nuts haha. It's sad how many times I get asked that though "How do you mess up so bad and still smile/laugh about it?" ~shrug~ I just do.:lol:
In this clip you can see TBird and I TERRIBLY botch a run and I come running out laughing. No critique. I hope my terrible run gives you as many giggles as it gave me =)
Feel free to share your botched run with a smile stories or clips or even pictures! :D
I was riding a TWH in an egg and spoon race. Well, this boy took "race" quite literally and took off running on me! Forget the egg!!!! Hahaha we lost it somewhere about 50 feet in, bolted to the end of the arena, and raced back out. I was laughing so hard, my instructor was laughing from the announcers table. It was a great night. :lol:
Well when I am running I am focused and try my hardest. I don't go out to just have fun...I have to go there and try to win a check because if I don't I won't be going to the next barrel race. I don't have the money to waste to go and whatever happens happens. And the money I don't win back makes my account that much more empty....and the money I win goes towards feed, supplements, entries, ect.
But if I have a bad run I don't take it out on the horse but on myself, because when JJ has his game face on and something goes wrong it is my fault. Even if it isn't my fault and he does one of his "I don't need your help" tricks and takes me to the fence on 1st I don't go storming out. Storming out and beating on your horse and working their asses off doesn't do anything but knock the horses confidence and make you look like a stupid idiot.
With young horses I am not as strict...because when I am starting to haul them and do exhibitions I want them to have a positive experience. I do often giggle when they are going across to the next barrel and they are ducking, diving, trying to run straight lol. Even if they mess up I don't get mad at them because they are trying and are a bit nervous.
Here is Scrat in Feb. at his first exhibitions away from home- Spooking at the door on 1st, the office at 2nd, and the marker at 3rd.
First Novice race- Sorta ducking and dipping going to 2nd and 3rd.
And then his latest races- We hit barrels but we barely caught them coming out and that was rider error. He was a bit nervous but handled himself well for never being hauled that far and never being in that arena.
Bailey great answer.
If i hit something, its my fault. I ride a strong horse and she knows what shes doing. If we hit something, its rider error...i pushed too hard, i didnt get off her face, i over corrected, i didnt pull her off.
I still pat my horse on the way out the arena because they still ran their hardest for me. The horse pulled their weight, i didnt pull mine. But i never take it out on my horse. Ever.
I do see many people doing just that though. Ripping on their horses mouths, smacking them with their whips and pulling back at the same time as they head out of the arena. Screaming at their horse. Its just stupid.
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I completely agree with you here. My horse knows his job and he does it well as long as I am doing what I am supposed to do (and if I don't I usually say that I killed the run because it was totally my fault for not being on game(in this run you can see I fell pretty far behind and tried my darnedest to catch up it just wasn't in the cards for me that day haha))
I only say I go out to have fun because at my shows I am not running for money basically just 99cent ribbons and a trophy at the end of the year(maybe I should've mentioned that:-P). No biggie. I can definately see the running for money side of it. I would love to run for money one day I just don't have a horse of that caliber just yet (hoping my Appy Dice will be that horse when he's trained up)
The bolded part of your comment I LOVE because I see it all the time at my shows. As I said we are running for smidgey little ribbons. There are a ton of people who will go in for their run mess up the horse's groove and come out blaming the horse for a crappy run. They look like idiots and think that yelling and wailing on their horses is going to do them any good. Nope it's just going to make the horse wonder why they are being punished when they were just doing as they were told.
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