It’s been ages since I shared any barrel racing videos. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because my horse is still running in the same place and the improvement is coming slowly, but surely. Maybe it’s because I’ve been too busy. No matter. I have a couple runs from the past few weeks to share. I really don’t care if my horse ever wins me a check- I love him, we have fun and as a reformed runaway, he’s quiet and he likes me. Those are the things I find most important these days.
This is from last night- where we ran in the 3D:
Last week’s Thursday run where we won the 4D:
And the second barrel race we ran in since September of last year (again he ran in the 3D):
And there you have it. My reformed runaway, Gump, can and does walk into and out of the arena. I just love how polite he is. There’s certainly a lot more work to be done- getting him softer and more responsive at a higher rate of speed but we’ll get there!
In the meantime, maybe I’ll get some film of his little brother Dino, in some exhibitions. A horse with no baggage is always a quicker study than one that has a past. And honestly, he fits me better than Gump, at this time. I’ve never ridden such a “free runner” as Gump; the horses I’ve trained and ridden in the past were always “push” style, ride as hard as you can between each turn, and don’t breath slow-down before you get there. Dino will be that way. Gumpy, may never be that, but he’s teaching me a lot, and I’m having fun, and to me those are the two things that matter!