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post #31 of 35 Old 08-25-2013, 08:38 PM
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Hey, you made it through, you learned some stuff (I also wonder about that one judge if they were harsh on everyone that way). You'll be better prepared next time .

If you don't mind me asking, what was the water obstacle? I've seen it done with actual water in a hole dug in the arena and I've seen it with a blue tarp "simulating" water.

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post #32 of 35 Old 08-25-2013, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Sure, they did the water obstacle exactly as I guessed they were going to.

They had 2x4's or whatever set up in a big square (maybe 6 feet x 6 feet or so?) with plastic lining. This created a large waterproof box. Then they filled with water.

Yes, I'm glad I was able to look at the judge's sheets because I will be better prepared next time. I do hope they have it again next year! This was their first year.
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post #33 of 35 Old 08-25-2013, 09:22 PM
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What, no pictures??? ;)

Don't be so hard on yourself! This was your first one and now you have set the bar as to know what you need to work on or do different next time.

The ones that I was going to the format was different, there was several different classes(pleasure, trail, reining and cow work). The first time I did a trail class on Stilts, he thought it was a speed event! It was horrible! We stepped on, not just nicked, but stepped on, every log, he spooked on the bridge and jumped off and apparently he thought we were team roping in the log drag, it was 90 mph, the dust was flying and came close to wiping out the judges.
I got dead last. But it was a starting point and today was the same for you and Red :)

Good Job!
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post #34 of 35 Old 08-25-2013, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I know, no pictures! Everyone I knew there was also competing, so I felt bad asking for someone to do pictures or video when they were trying to get their own self prepared.

I know I shouldn't be so hard on myself. Red really is a good horse and I can do A LOT of different things with him, so I just try to remind myself of that.

I definately need to make myself keep up on practicing my roping, so that I can actually catch the dummy through skill, and not sheer luck!! LOL.

They better have it again next year; it would be a perfect experience for my colt next year!
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post #35 of 35 Old 08-27-2013, 12:13 AM
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Oh man girl...I never roped the dummy even out of luck, LOL!

On Eq. Team we had a ranch horse class and I hated having to rope something. But this year the pattern was only to run, throw the rope, and stop. So I didn't actually have to catch anything which MADE my year!

Hey, don't be too hard on yourself, because it sounds like it was a great experience and I suspect you'll kick some major horse butt next time. I bet Red makes a great little ranch pony!

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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