Winter Series: March 12 Show

Lately, we've been working on a lot of this...

Working towards a cleaner turn-around

Some days, it is harder than others. Realistically, what Lady and I have been up too since the last show is finessing movements at slower levels. Then, my boss gets on her, and fine tunes all the speed related stuff that i'm still struggling with. Lady's new regime is basically focusing on getting her back to that big time cutter she used to be. She's kind of like a big sorrel onion (that's an image for you, right there!) and every time my boss, or myself, works her, we find a new level to her that we didn't know she had before. It's actually pretty crazy and exciting! More and more she's starting to feel like this really competitive open horse, where as, back when I first got her, I would have more or less described her as a couch potato I was forcing out of retirement. She's definitely not lazy, and she's definitely not dull. Sometimes, this new, "sparked up" version of Lady can intimidate me, but this new regime has caused us both to perk up and put in some pretty serious work. Her homework is to get more correct, especially in her stops and turns. She needs to stop hard and then pivot on her hocks and leave, instead of coming up the pen and trying to barrel turn. My homework is to get quieter and calmer with my hands, and to use my feet above anything else. I also had Lady's stifles and hocks injected a week before this show, she's 12 and regular maintenance is just a reality if I want to show her regularly and not have her breakdown. I definitely think the added lubricant made her feel good, and happy to start rocking back on those hocks like we need!

The last month has definitely been a bootcamp for both Lady & I, and some days it's mentally and physically easier on us than others, but it's coming together. We've literally tried every bit under the sun, and now i've actually changed saddles into a Jeff Smith my boss has. The seat is a 16" but feels even smaller than that, whereas my old Roo-hide is probably a 17". The pocket is a bit deeper in the Jeff Smith, and I felt like I was sitting a bit better and had more movement and swing in my legs than in my own saddle. The switch to the new saddle was a good one, I definitely felt like I was able to sit down and move better at the show with Lady than in my previous saddle, where I felt I was flopping around a bit more. We've also dropped my stirrups a bit to aid in using my legs and feet more, and the first couple times it definitely felt a little different, but now it's really working.

Queen of hating photos, and hating her jammies.
She pee's all over her back wraps the night before a show, total brat defiance at it's finest. ;)

This show went really well, although we only marked a 62, it was once again pilot error. HOWEVER, Lady feels amazing, every single show she gets better, but so do I. I felt like I was riding better than I ever have before. I still let some nervousness get in the way of actually getting a good score, but I also was able to combat that nervousness and quell it in the show pen, so I'm pretty proud of that. 

Now - for the good stuff - roll tape...


First Cow

My herd help had me pick a little yellow cow up at the top of the herd, so that's what we went for. I could have been a bit smoother with this cut, but in the end, we got it cut. Lady is pretty much just BOSS LIFE with this cow, she got it trapped and we exhibited good control over it. I can't believe how hard she's stopping, and how much she's really thinking smart and accurate. These are the kind of cows I'm okay to play with all day long. The judge scored me for an out of position at one point, but it's hard to tell where that was in the video. 

Second Cow
Damn Nervous System - Back at It Again to Ruin My Show!

Same old Louisa, my corner guy pointed out a few cows, and I should have just drowned him out, but it got me all freaked out. So I went for one cow, when the cow I SHOULD HAVE GONE FOR WAS RIGHT THERE. grrrr. However, when the cow I chose ran me over, the other cow was right there, so I was able to just switch over to it. This is a big penalty, BUT, Lady doesn't know the difference in a "switch" score wise, and because of that she didn't get nervous and prancey like she has in the past when things have gone awry. I'm quite proud I was able to calmly think, and then switch to that other cow and salvage the run for both myself and my horse. I think that shows some mental progress and I'm pretty happy with myself that I'm slowly getting over the nerves.

Once we got on this cow, Lady worked well, again the judge scored us for getting a little out of position because we do on that right side. We are working on it at home, it's coming, pretty soon we're going to be lean, mean fighting machines that can keep up with the rest of the class, but for now, I'm pretty chuffed with how the show went and will wear my 62 proudly!

Our score card - progress!


Overall, I am totally happy with my horse, and moderately happy with myself, and I'm really starting to feel like because of all the dedication and want we are putting into this thing, it's coming together. It may be slow going, but it's going, and I'm happy about that. PLUS, look at this totally amazing photo photographer Sandy Hansma captured of me and my girl at the show, we look legit!

Tip Toein'


Comments

  1. That is a sweet photo! I'd totally frame it. Looks like going back to the basics is workin' for ya. When in doubt, start with the basics... How old is your mare?

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    1. Yep - it's definitely going on the wall ;)
      She just turned twelve.

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    2. How are her joints, with going back into work? I've heard cutters have big hock issues. But hey, who doesn't? Lol

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    3. I injected her the week before this show, her hocks haven't fused yet, so regular injections will be needed to keep that complication of age from happening. I also wrap her before and after shows generally with a poultice to keep fluid build-up down in her pasterns and lower legs. I also use back on track products with her religiously... Lady is spoiled. haha

      Lady wasn't started as a two year old, because she contracted white line disease. So, she was started late and missed her futurity year. She's also a pretty stout mare to begin with. I think this combination means that she doesn't have a lot of the crippling issues you see in cutters. Fingers crossed, but she's a sound and tough mare at twelve, she shows no signs of stopping. Of course, I'm realistic about how long I can show her for, my trajectory is a couple years then to breed her.

      Hocks, and stifles, are definitely the two biggest issues we see in our horses just because of how they move. The weaker boned horses have a much harder time holding up to the stress unfortunately.

      Haha I agree, whenever I have to wrap lady, or get her a massage, or put her back on tracks on, I wish I could have someone do the same for me!!

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    4. No kidding, we always care for them more than ourselves... I'm so glad you take such good care of her! Thank goodness she was started late ;)

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  2. Yay for progress! Looking good out there. Your mare has some nice moves.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, she's starting to remember how to play with the big dogs haha

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  3. That picture is so bad ass!

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  4. Yay for progress!! That picture is so good. One for the wall.

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    1. I agree - it is for sure going on the wall!

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  5. Too me, you are totally legit. You really looked the part in your video and were riding quite well, despite the nerves! Your girl is just awesome to watch too.

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    1. haha, thank you!!! Some moments I feel legit, others I do not.

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  6. Wow looks so much better, even just the confidence you have shows in that video. I could see as you were cutting the second cow that one just standing there, I have done that too its hard not to chose a cow when coming out of the herd.
    Love the picture too! I totally need to get some of me that's so awesome!

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    1. Thanks girl! It felt like a much better show.

      It is hard, especially when they start to fall back. Even though you know to stay and wait for what comes, it can feel like your about to cut air quick if you don't make a decision... I just need to get over that and then I think we'll have it down. haha some what.

      Yeah! Sandy Hansma has been at the last couple shows and I just asked her if she had any of me because I saw her taking photos in the 2000 LR and she sent that to me! So nice!! She said she usually charges $45 for a digital and $30 for a print, and she'll send you proofs and stuff. If she's at the next show you should definitely ask!

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    2. Ya I seen her there one time, I totally will next show :)

      I dunno if we ever have it down pat, haha I was talking to a gal at the barn she had a perfect run, great score was feeling like she knew it finally, and then next run the cows were all against her (haha not really just felt like it and she did awful) This sport sure keeps ya humble and learning

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  7. DAYUMN girl that photo is bombin'!

    It really sounds like it's starting to come together for you too - I'm SO excited for the both of you :)

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  8. Cutting is such a fun sport -- I LOVE to watch it and imagine it is just as fun to ride. You guys are looking good!

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  9. Dear, I like all your post. Everything looks so sweet, I admire this kind of life and the best wishes for you. Hope that we can communicate with each other. By the way, any body try this android pt forum ? I lost my data and I don’t know how to recover.

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