On Sunday, Megan ponied Moon to the arena for me, but I did not get him rode. He was fine with that, as I let him loose to graze. One thing about him, I never have to worry about him going far when there is something to eat. And I give him every opportunity I can to stuff his face...man does this horse burn up the calories.
He is so soft from standing around the corrals all winter, there isn't much to tell about riding him. I just need to ride every day to get him legged up. At this point it is just a lot of walking, a bit of long-trotting and a little bit of loping.
He feels a lot stronger this year. He walks out better and his lope(what little I did)feels deeper and smoother. He doesn't have much for stamina, but I expected that.
Last year I had to do a lot of work to get his stifles stengthened up after his injury, but he doesn't feel weak behind now. I'm optimistic that he is completely healed and as long as I keep him running correctly, he should not reinjure himself.
For those of you who don't know the story, I let my niece use him to HS rodeo on a couple of years ago. She wasn't as good at riding a barrel horse as I was led to believe. While she didn't really do anything to injure him, the way she let him run...all strung out and in the wrong lead going to first, resulted in him hanging his hind toes in some deep, wet sand and he pulled his stifles. I lost that year on him, plus had to go back to basics to get him running correctly again the next year. So basically, I lost 2 years. Unfortunately, it caused a lot of hard feelings when I told her she could not use him anymore(irregardless of the injury). Family is family, but my barrel horses are off limits now.
I had thought about letting Megan use him for her HS rodeos this year, I trust her. But since Moon has found another gear or two, Meg said "No Thanks". She is going to stick with her blue roan horse. She may not win, but she will be riding a horse she is comfortable on. For that reason, she is only entered in the Regional rodeo. We skipped all of the practice rodeos going on.
I have to laugh at a lot of these parents that are so insistant that their kids rodeo(4-H, HS and Little Britches). For a lot of them, it's all "Go, go, go" and quite frankly...their kids suck. They are riding new horses every year and they never get any better. Poor Megan, she was cursed to be born into a house, where you have to at least try to do things correctly and show improvement before you can compete at those levels. Besides, a good majority of those kids graduate and have nothing to do with rodeo again. Megan enjoys what she gets to do and has the rest of her life to decide if she wants to go fast or not. I'm certainly not going to push her.
My, don't I sound high and mighty? I'm really not. I do think every kid should be given the opportunity to rodeo(or show). It's a proven fact that these kids are less likely to get into trouble with drugs/alcohol or the law. They have to pay attention if they want to rodeo, cause the rules for some of these organizations are very strict. So if it keeps them out of trouble...good! I just wished some of them would put more time into trying to improve over the years. But hey, at least we don't have as much of a problem as some other states do with the parents going out and paying HUGE sums of money for NFR quality horses so their kid can win. Most of the kids who win earned it. There is a bright side to everything!
We had to git headed for home, cause these bad boys were headed our way...
All we got was some thunder out of it. As much as I hate to say it, we really could stand a shot of rain, so the grass keeps growing. Looks like Friday...maybe!