Rodeos are tons of fun - whether you are in the stands or in the rodeo especially. Earlier this year for our.. well, early rodeo, I was helping manage the gates for the barrel racing - so I got to stand next to the cattle chutes and watch, was that a sight when the biggest bull came out of the one right next to us? haha! yes!
I have done a few barrel racing in rodeos and such, but it's not all that diferrent from practice. When it's your turn to do any of the events, just take deep breaths, stay calm, make sure your horse is listening nicely, and just act like you are at practice and no one is there. Otherwise it may feel like you are pressured to do your best, and you gotta win or else....no, just no.
Make sure your horse is listening, calm and alert.
Make sure you are listening to your horse, calm and alert.
Make sure you both know what you are doing.
Completely ignore the stands and speakers. Just zone them out.
I cannot stress this one enough.... It is okay if you completely miss or fail at it. It really is okay, no one is going to die. Haha!! Everyone always thinks it is about winning and getting the money and what-not. But it isn't. It's about having fun no matter what the outcome. If you had fun and you enjoyed it, you are already a winner. But if you sulk and sulk because you messed up or didn't win, then really, you are still a winner. You are always a winner - just one that the judges don't recognize and that the rules changed while you were riding the course because the rules do that. Hehe!
Just the most important things is make sure you and your horse are calm, alert, listening, and ready.
And the number one most important thing is to have fun. Always always always have fun.
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