Hey, just like fugly I can now lay claim that my horse won a Top Five...
**If you didn't already know, one of the biggest jokes going on the internet is fugly's bragging that her buckskin stallion placed Top Five at the Buckskin World in the Jr. Trail.
That might be impressive if you didn't know that there were only 8 horses in the class and only 6 horses received scores. Fug's buckskin placed 5th out of 6. Good old fugs always forgets to tell people that part. LOL
So, I'll be honest...Moon placed 4th in the 4D for my NBHA district and won me a very nice leather jacket. Not nearly as impressive of a year as I had imagined it would be, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that we placed anywhere considering we didn't run at all for most of the summer. So....Go Moon!
Now, I know everyone is dying to know...
We had two good runs this last weekend. Left all three barrels standing and Moon showed no inclination to dive into 2nd or 3rd. Our times were ridiculously slow though. Low 21's both runs. Ugghhh. That's little more than a lope for Moon.
As for the big question...
We did not run left these two trips. We ran to the right as normal.
I had a niggly little gut feeling on Friday night, which was a regular barrel race and therefore had exhibitions, that I should take Moon through the pattern a couple of times before competition, just to see how he would handle it.
I long-trotted through the pattern the first time (going to the left barrel first) and Moon did fine. I rolled right back around and loped the pattern. Moon tried. He went into the pockets really well and started his turns in good form and then he just kind of lost it and floundered out the backside of all three barrels. He hasn't figured out his footfalls all the way around the barrel yet.
I decided that it wasn't fair to Moon to ask him to run the pattern if he wasn't exactly sure about how to do it, so we went ahead and ran to the right barrel first. I'll finish out this year doing that and then go to work getting Moon practiced up going to the left barrel first. I still think changing will behoove him and hopefully make him more consistent.
I'm not dissing winning an award at all, especially since it is a really nice suede jacket...but it is really frustrating to still be in the 4D's when I know that Moon is at very least a winning 2D horse and actually should be a placing 1D horse.
Oh well...The barrel racer's motto...'There's always next year'. LOL
I was hoping to have at least one video from this weekend, but Friday I was concentrating on what I needed to do and Saturday I came up early in the draw and didn't get my camera up to the crow's nest for the gal to video me. Hopefully next time. :-)