Monday, July 27, 2009

Coasting

Here's the video of my run at the rodeo. I was a little worried about Moon's foot...which is healing well, but it got a some proud flesh on it while I was at State. So I used a bit of Proud's Off for a couple of days and it got a little tender. He was completely sound or I would not have went ahead with running him. But I got to feeling guilty about asking him to really run, so we just went out and I let him set his own pace.
video
He ran little more than 1/2 speed, which kind of messes with him. Moon is just one of those all or nothing kind of horses. He doesn't look real pretty inbetween.

So no money for us, again. But still a decent run. His time was a 17.81. Which was in the middle of the pack overall for all three days of the rodeo. A little toward the bottom for tonight's barrel racers.

However, I don't really feel like we are getting outrun. He can still run with the pack at 1/2 speed? Gotta love that!

I won't enter anymore rodeos until his foot is completely healed up. But I am hoping that it won't take more than another week to 10 days before I can start riding him again. I guess time and continued doctoring will tell.

But as you can see, we have a little work to do coming out of 1st. Not sure if it is me or if he is just not reaching up and setting his hind leg well enough to push him on around so he comes out straight. I thought it was because I was looking down at his shoulder again, but after reviewing the video in slo-mo, I was looking up. He is just bowing that shoulder out. That causes him to lose time between first and second and he just doesn't have enough time to set for second. Which then causes him to want to shoulder in and puts him out of position going around the barrel.

Holy Moly-I love having video to watch to see what exactly is going on. It makes training these horses and correcting my own problem areas sooooo much easier.

K-I gotta say...3rd barrel was rockin' though. He went into it, around it and out of there darn near perfectly. He went into 1st really well, it's just that bow coming out. And he came out of 2nd really well, it's just that bow causing him a bit of trouble getting to it in good position. We'll get that little issue fixed easily enough though, once he is healed up.

Whew-the rodeo high is wearing off...I'm off to bed!

7 comments:

City girl turned Country Girl said...

Hey I think he looks great even at half-speed!! Great turns!!! Can't wait to see what you guys can do all healed up!!

Callie said...

Wow, I thought that looked pretty great!

Kristen said...

looked pretty good!

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

I would have let him set his own pace too....he still looked good...but I'm not a barrel racer so anything that speed looks good to me! Glad you had a good time anyway without the $$! Luanne

Melanie said...

What a mover! You both looked really nice, and once he is feeling up to par, and you correct the bowing problem, you guys will be in contention for the money. Heck...you are now! :)

Now we know where Megan gets it from. :)

sophie said...

Great video. Looks gooood!

Andrea said...

Wow, for him having a funky hoof and just running it half way, he sure looked good!! You would kick some butt down here!!

I had a lot to catch up on over here. I leave for a week and you guys go to rodeos, start legging up different horses, Moon cuts up his hoof, and you went fishing!! Man!! You have been busy!! It's great to catch up with ya. I thought of you while I was on vacation. All of the trail horses were tanks!! I thought of all your SD horses and how HUGE they all are. I need me some chunky horses down here.