Now, as hinted at in my last post, I'm dropping the eventing and dressage digs for a day to go gaming tomorrow night. One of my goals this year was to diversify, and Bobby loves nothing more than careening around giant metal barrels. I'm also getting "brave" and entering him in poles (and keyhole, but he's done that before). Has he ever seen poles before? Bitch, please. Of course not.
|"oh, hai. just being a western horse in an awkward pose."|
I tried a new bit set up for him because I'd really like to get him off of the twisted wire/hackamore combo that has so far been the only thing I can control him in. I dug back out one of his favorite bits--a slow twist loose ring--and paired it with a rope tie down with really thick foam padding. With the combination of having the tie down limit his leaping and flailing, and the milder bit that allowed me to take a bit more of a hold consistently (because I was honestly afraid to really touch his other bit other than feather corrections that he mostly ignored), he went around a whole lot better than before.
There were still over exuberant flying changes, and whipping in and out of roll backs with more spinning than was necessary, and god forbid I try to keep him from the barrels once I set them out, but it was a pretty controlled madness.
I really focused on keeping him moving through the turns since his back end can stall out for a beat before it catches back up to his front half. That seemed to work well, especially while practicing for keyhole. I don't know how I'm going to go about poles. Maybe just set some standards out in a line tomorrow before I go? Eh, let's be honest. I'll probably just wing it once we get there.
|back to walk sets on the gravel to toughen up the tootsies.|
I keep trying to pressure people from the barn to come with me, but so far I've only had one taker who's backed out. If I do end up going by myself, and there's no one there to video, do you guys want helmet cam video? Do you want helmet cam regardless? You can get an idea of how that looks from last year's rodeo post. I'm already going to look like enough of an outcast in my helmet, so strapping on that awkward beast won't faze me any.
Wish us luck! Hopefully I'll be able to back my trailer around in the barn driveway so we can actually leave tomorrow.