All right. I am about to take the plunge.
Am I totally crazy? Because I feel like it.
I have a young, green five year old Morgan.
Now, I bought him and I have every intention of him being my next Eventing horse. We have been doing mostly flat work, Dressage work. I want to take it slow with him and make him confident in everything he does.
Well, where I live now there are TONS of Rodeos and its mostly western out here. I have always wanted to do Barrel Racing or Reining. It looks like such a thrill. However, as much as I'd like to have my 'Western' horse and my 'English' horse, it's not going to happen anytime soon.
I'd like to start working with my Morgan on Barrels. But, since I've never had 'formal' training in Western (Although I've ridden it quite a lot, just never had lessons. I've had formal Dressage/Jumper/Event training for my whole riding career.) I'd like to ask everyone here how I should approach this.
My goal is to go to at least just one Rodeo this year and complete the Barrels pattern confidently. Just once. Not even to get any rewards or placings. I just want to do it, just to do it for fun.
I know I need to start at the walk, and work our way up the gaits as we get confident/smooth. But what other things do I need to know?
Am I crazy for trying to get my Morgan to do this? Haha.
He's quite a hyper boy, and he likes the speed and jumps, so I'm thinking he may like this too. He likes speed and a good challenge it seems.