Well, here I am in Arizona rodeoing again...After putting together three good runs...IN A ROW!!...I was pretty excited for these two rodeos down here....
And I flubbed up again at the first rodeo. I was so goll-danged mad at myself that I went straight to my trailer, went into the living quarters and pitched a little fit. I will have to pick all of my stuff up later. LOL.
Moon breathes so good down here in this Arizona air and he was ready to roll this morning. His tail was up and he was prancing and dancing through his entire warm-up. I actually gave him an extra long warm-up because he was so amped up. He wasn't being ornery or anything...Just felt really good.
It always psych's me out a little bit when Moon feels that fresh because I know he is going to fire like a rocket and I have a hard time keeping up with him. And fire he did. He inhaled his 1st barrel and left so hard for the 2nd one that I didn't even have time to get up there with him, so I was playing catch-up across the arena. That is never good for me because even though in my heart I know Moon is running on target, I get that urge to sit up and pull on him....and I did just that before I got to 2nd barrel. I caught myself and mentally forced my hand to go forward and we just barely eeked around the 2nd barrel.
Moon left just as hard for the 3rd barrel and I got with him and got him lined up for that little wider pocket we have been working on, got about to strides from the barrel and I pulled on him again. This time Moon really bore down on the rein, so I did what I do...That one thing that DOES NOT WORK!!...I sat up and really pulled on him.
That time Moon went, 'Oohhh, okay, you want me to turn?'...and he did. Doinking the 3rd barrel.
What really made me mad at myself was the whole time I was pulling on him, I was thinking to myself...THIS DOES NOT WORK DUMMY!!...and yet, that time I could not make myself stop pulling on him.
Sooooo...THAT cost me some more money. Even with me pulling on him, Moon had a smokin time and we would have been in the top end, far enough up to draw a check. If I hadn't been pulling on him...
So here is how this works...It was inevitable that I would at some point revert back to my bad habit. It happened...Over and done with. Next run, I will get back to where we were. But there is going to be one minor change...
I'm putting Moon into a smooth snaffle. I'm leaving the tie-down on because Moon really does seem to like it. It's obviously not slowing him down and I can feel how much more confidently he would like to turn. But I am removing all 'whoa' from his headgear. If I cannot stop myself from pulling on him, then I am removing any temptation. I KNOW I can't make him do anything with a snaffle on. I either have to get up there and ride him or sit there and let him do what he does. Either way...It can't be any worse than me pulling him into the barrels. :-D.