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post #1 of 8 Old 04-03-2013, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Flag carriers

So I'm thinking about being a flag carrier at an upcoming local rodeo and was just wondering if anyone who has done it before has any advice or what to expect? Thanks!
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-03-2013, 06:12 PM
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That flag gets heavy FAST. I would recommend a flag carrier for your stirrup. Is your horse used to a flag?
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I agree, get a flag boot, it gets old trying to pack it with your toes! :) I like the shorter ones better than the tall ones. Just in case you need to pitch it if you get in a wreck its easy to get out of the boot to toss it.
Get your horse used to the flag touching him, flapping in his face, up above, etc. And make sure you are confident of riding one handed to control your horse and even more so in a crowed, loud arena.

Another tip, get a visual and feel for your arm is and flag pole for it to be standing straight up. Flags held at an angle look sloppy.
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That flag gets heavy FAST. I would recommend a flag carrier for your stirrup. Is your horse used to a flag?
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I don't know if he's ever had a flag on him but he's been in parades and rodeos however if I decide to do this I would definitely introduce him to a flag beforehand to make sure he's okay with it. Thanks for your input!
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I agree, get a flag boot, it gets old trying to pack it with your toes! :) I like the shorter ones better than the tall ones. Just in case you need to pitch it if you get in a wreck its easy to get out of the boot to toss it.
Get your horse used to the flag touching him, flapping in his face, up above, etc. And make sure you are confident of riding one handed to control your horse and even more so in a crowed, loud arena.

Another tip, get a visual and feel for your arm is and flag pole for it to be standing straight up. Flags held at an angle look sloppy.
Good point! I didn't really think in depth about riding one handed. Dunlap has been in many rodeos with loud crows but not with me. So I'm thinking about passing this year and getting more comfortable with the whole idea and then trying it out next year. Thank you for your response!
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Take it from me, my horse had NO problems with people carrying flags, troting by, galloping past him. If the person holding it comes too close and it touched him, he didnt care, at all. But as soon as I tried to grab it, he FLIPPED out and I ate dirt, and landed flat on my head. I suggest practice, practice, practice. Don't wait till the day of the show to try to carry the flag.
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Take it from me, my horse had NO problems with people carrying flags, troting by, galloping past him. If the person holding it comes too close and it touched him, he didnt care, at all. But as soon as I tried to grab it, he FLIPPED out and I ate dirt, and landed flat on my head. I suggest practice, practice, practice. Don't wait till the day of the show to try to carry the flag.
Oh I had no intentions of showing up the day of without any practice. They do group practices a month before but like I said I think ill pass this year... There's some other new things I want to try coming up so ill just focus on that for now. Thanks for you're response!
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I rodeo queened for a few years and carrying flags in front of a full rodeo crowd is a blast!

But I think you are wise to wait a year, as everyone else has brought up things to think about.

Your horse needs to have a very good neck rein. Especially if it is a windy night, it takes all your focus and strength to hold that flag perfectly straight. You can't be worrying about controlling your horse.

Your horse needs to be comfortable in a LOUD rodeo environment. A lot of times, you have to run right by blaring speakers with the flag, so your horse needs to be comfortable with that.

It gets crazy hectic behind the chutes to pass off your flag, and go grab another one. Again, your horse needs to be able to handle that, and not be scared when people are literally tossing flags at your as fast as you can catch, get it into your flag boot, and GO again.

And flag boot is a MUST. Especially with a wind and a large heavy flag, you won't be able to keep it upright without a boot.

And most of all remember: You are carrying a SPONSOR flag for someone who is giving money for the rodeo. If you drop their flag, or don't hold it straight, or whatever, that's playing badly on that sponsor. They won't like that. You've got to keep the sponsors happy and present their flag correctly.

Prepare yourself this year, haul your horses to lots of places to see sights, sounds, and noises, build a flag at home to practice (buy a wooden dowel for a closet and staple a large piece of noisy flapping farbic to it), and desensitize your horse to it.

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