The hardest part about riding this time of year is that the events you are trying to get ready for seem so far away. The first barrel racing isn't until the first weekend in April. That seems like eeee-ons.
So I decided to do a little something different this year. There is an awesome trainer who puts on Versatility Ranch Horse competitions in the summer although my barrel racings always seemed to conflict with those dates last year. However, he is putting on a cutting clinic next weekend (the 12th) and a reining clinic the weekend after that (the 19th).
The clinics are one day only and reasonably priced. I figured going to them would give me a little something to look forward to this month.
It's a little scary to think of how long it's been since I have done any real cutting work...
Oh my gosh...how the years have flown.
Although, I don't have what I would consider a real cutting 'type' horse here, I think I can make do with some of my boys. Spooks, the black horse was an excellent sorting horse and Moon is no slouch himself. I'm also going to take Frosty. That horse needs as much exposure to cattle and activity as I can get for him. Taking Turk would be useless. That horse doesn't have a stitch of 'cow' in him.
The following weekend, for the reining, I will take all 4 saddle geldings. I don't think Turk is really up to par to get much accomplished on, but it will be good experience for him. I do intend on showing Frosty and Spooks in some reining classes at the open horse shows this year if I can wiggle some in. So this should really help me get an idea of what to focus on. I'm a bit afraid that is going to be everything.
But at least it will make February more interesting and time does fly when there are things to do.