1. I sent Killian off to a potential new owner. He is on an 8 week lease with an option to buy. So far it is working out well for everyone and it is my hope he has found his perfect person. If not, he can come back and I will just keep him with me.
2. Melody is out of commission. She recently was in a pasture with a new horse who promptly claimed ownership to Trax, and kicked the crap out of my mare. She has a hairline fracture and is 6 weeks in to her 90 day rehab process. It is truly killing me not to be able to ride her. The mare that did the kicking didn't stay long. She was a horse I was trying out. It ended up not being a good fit.
I am, however enjoying the ability to focus more time on Trax and our Barrel Racing. Things are finally starting to come together. We had some pretty bad runs, but finally pulled down and 18.871 which is our fastest time yet and earned us a little check in the 4D. 3rd place to be exact.
Here are a few shots from the night.
|I like this one. My eyes are up and we are looking good.|
|In this one we are both hunting for the next barrel and right on track|
|This was my first time running him a tie down. It seemed to make a difference for him mostly right here, where we struggle with balance.|
|In this one the first thing I saw was where I was looking. He is following my eyes.|
|As soon as I looked up, so did he.|
|I always like these because they show how hard he is trying. |
I have to be honest. I was almost ready to give up on all of this, but as always, the biggest problem with my horses is the rider. I'm not going to sit here and try to convince anyone that he is a sweet innocent old guy who only does what he is told. But for the most part, he really wants to get along, and really likes barrel racing. He tries really hard to follow my cues, and he just didn't understand why he was getting in trouble for going exactly where he thought I wanted him to go....I was staring at the barrels and so that is where he went. Even though he didn't often knock them over, he would run into them and then have to jump to one side or the other, or just stop all together. Once we fixed where my eyes are, and where I cue him to turn, suddenly everything fell into place.
We still have a long ways to go, and he is never going to be a 1D horse. But I'll never be a 1D rider either, so it works. We are currently sitting 1st in the 2D senior division for the year end awards of this club. I'm pretty excited about that!