I just found out that there is a ranch horse competition coming up in two weeks. It just so happens that I own 2 ranch horses. One is terrified of ropes and the other is slower than molasses in Jan. Yet here I am considering entering one of them even though I no we have no chance of doing anything other than making complete fools of ourselves.
So I have to ask, "Why would I want to do that?"
My Answer. "Well I just don't know." Perhaps it is because I want to do something with these guys besides ride around the block. Maybe it is so I can finally find some people in horses to associate with who actually ride, and would prehaps ride with me. Maybe it is because I don't even know what my horses can and can't do. Maybe I just want to learn to be a better rider.
Do I have to have a reason other than , just because I want to?
So I took Trax out last night and worked on a few things. I can open a gate on him. I can get mail out of a mail box. I even got a rope out and swung it around over his head and next to him. He was a little jumpy at first but then settled right down. We did that at a walk and a trot. Then I put the rope around a stack of five gallon buckets and we dragged that around. We went in all directions making sure thr rope went behind and up under his tail a little. No reaction at all. I was totally surprised.
As I was typing this I got a call from one of the ladies who is putting this on. She assured me that many of the people are coming on horses who have never even seen a cow. She says it is all in fun and just practice, so not to worry about failure.
I guess that settles it then!
Ranch Horse Competition here we come!!!
(I'm sooo excited!)