For those of you that live in colder states, do you ever feel like your life has run out of fulfillment in the fall/winter? Haha, WHY does Michigan's winter season suck worse than other cold weather states?I ended my season here horribly. Thunder was clobbering barrels and Titan was afraid of the photographer. I left state bawling and saying things about not wanting to run barrels anymore (mostly because of Titan, he was just a JERK the whole weekend). If he would have given me a decent attempt even, I wouldn't have been so hurt, but he was bucking and acting like a jerk in the warm up ring and afraid of the audience and photographer in the arena and he was being more hot headed than usual. Please don't go off into the "maybe its pain" thing because he's been checked several times for reasons for this sort of thing and it always comes to the same conclusion that its his behavior. So, after feeling battered and broken because of Titan (Thunder didn't really bother me too much, he kicked his run up like 10 notches, we just turned a bit too soon and his shoulder killed the can), I've come up with a game plan. This winter I'm working mainly on his confidence. I'm doing some parelli, I'm moving him up to college with me WITHOUT THUNDER (which sucks because I want Thunder too, but I can't afford moving them both up here), and he's going to a few indoor local speed shows/all around shows. He's also getting put on a calming supplement that won't test and isn't just drugging him with Tryptophan. I've had people tell me they saw a difference in their horse's mental abilities to focus on them in training and the horse seemed a lot less stressed in competition. The other thing I'm thinking about doing is trailering them to shows separately. It'd save me money if I did a one horse per show kind of thing and since I'm going to start doing local rodeos when I move to AZ I'll only be able to run one horse at most events anyway. But there will still be days I'll want to bring them both, and I'm afraid one will get favored over the other. This is a good plan though because a lot of times Thunder just needs a weekend or two off, so he could get it easily. I don't know, as much as I want to haul down to Indiana this winter, it's probably just better for me to take the next 9 months off of barrel racing so that I can prepare to move to AZ, prepare a wedding (I'm engaged now), apply to grad school, put some good training on Titan that he's lacking, and finish my last year of school. Once I'm in AZ at the end of may I can practice and ride daily and I'm hoping my horses will have a good improvement (although I'm not expecting to take them to any big shows until July at LEAST since they'll have to acclimate to AZ versus Michigan).Anyway, this has been a long post about my life just now, I guess I sort of just want to talk barrels with someone that knows barrels. I'm sick of my family and friends trying to give me advice when they've never competed.
I think you have a good plan. Focus on just one horse and get that one going really well. I'm not crazy about calming supplements (I'm not that crazy about drugs period unless they are absolutely necessary) but maybe something herbal. Also, I don't know how old Thunder is, but sometimes a solid, focused horse comes with time. Then again, sometimes it's a personality trait. Don't let a bad show make you quit. Get mad. Get serious. Figure out you and your horses problem. Fix it. And make yourself a better rider. Sometimes it takes a really bad weekend to show you exactly where you need work. Good luck and congrats on the engagement and the move!
It is an herbal supplement, and I'm not a big fan of them either, but there is just no other way to get him to stay calm and listen. He's 10 and he acts like a 2 year old on speed. I've done the ground work I've done everything I can think of and everything Pat Parelli talks about (and other trainers). Its sort of last resort with him. It thats what it takes to get through to him, I'll do it. Thanks!
"For those of you that live in colder states, do you ever feel like your life has run out of fulfillment in the fall/winter?"i hate the cold. i live in colorado and this year we are having a bad winter.... its been a long time since we have had -36 degrees with a -70 degree wind chill... its messed my riding up soooooo much cause before this hit i was riding all three of my horses every day or atleast every other day. and my colt is having an almost completely work free winter.... and Goliath is bored to tears and shows it..... i hate winter! i am thinking about moving down south were its warmer year round
I'm moving to Arizona in April, and I plan on staying there for a while to make sure I like the warmer climate, but I don't think I'll have any problems.-70 degree wind chill? Damn. I hate it here because one days its 10 degrees and then two days later its 60! It just makes the ground muddy and nasty. We actually had tornadoes in January. I'm glad I'm moving
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yea its pretty bad right now. i wish it would get that warm right now, even if it does get muddy!!! i am thinking of moving to Dalhart, Texas. Thats where the people are that bought my old barrel horse. So they are looking around for us. Arizon sounds fun. anywhere but where its cold lol. but yea. hope you like it if you move!!!!!