Thursday, November 12, 2009

Rodeo Pole Bending time!

Among the events that DD does at her Junior Rodeo's is Pole Bending!! She really loves it, but her horse not so much LOL!! They have had quite a struggle to learn the pattern and run it correctly. Saturday morning pole's were first, and she blazed out there and came around pole #6 and Pete (her horse) just wanted to go straight!! So she backed him a step to get him back on the pattern, well in this new age group that she's in 5-8 grades they do not allow correcting, you get an automatic no time...After looking the video over I told her from now on if that happens mow the pole down! You get 5 seconds added and it's not really what we want to teach her but she needs to do something! We actually don't even know if Pete would hit the pole...They have never knocked one down! So Sunday's pole run she decided that it was pattern first and speed later, so she went out and got around pole 6 and she kept control and they did it!! Now their weave up was fair but the weave back was sloppy...She needs to get his hip out instead of completely relying on the reins to work him!! But her time was 31.157..Not bad not good LOL!!





13 comments:

  1. DD's my hero. I need her to come to Texas and teach me to ride. I suck.

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  2. What totally cracks me up - is the fact that she just flies outta that saddle like nobody's business. I love that she can keep her seat while manuevering that big boy (who doesn't like pole pending) around. She's a real trooper.

    Love seeing her in action! My mare is too proper to do games - that's how I got her! (The gamer who sold her to me said she couldn't do anything with her, Kona would stop and properly pivot every time she wanted her to take a corner, LOL)

    Hope you have a great day - thanks for sharing!

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  3. Ok different day? Maybe I will be able to leave a comment...

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  4. AH HA! Just wanted to make sure. he he The other day I treid to leave a comment, and it wouldn't let me! Oh well. Ok so great job little cowgirl! She did so great! AND you! Look at you and your web page! I knew you would get it one day. Very nice. And yes the pendant is still available. You can email me ar cowgirlsugar@hotmail.com and You can tell me your zip code & I can tell you how much it will be:)

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  5. Great job DD -- That goat tying looks fun.. we didn't have that when I was growing up just the games... Now we have something called "Heritage" and they have training days and competitions...

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  6. She did great considering her steed didn't so much want to participate. I always enjoyed pole bending.

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  7. Everyone says barrel racing is hard, but I personally think pole bending is more difficult. I think the concentrating on correct patterns is so much more important for kids or beginners to the events than speed. When things are correct, the speed just comes naturally.

    In some of the older pictures of DD I thought her stirrups looked too short, but in this pole run it looks like they are a bit long for her?? Losing stirrups makes it really hard to stay balanced, perhaps rubber bands would help? I don't use them very often in barrel racing, but I do like to use them for pole bending.

    But she is definitely improving and it sounds like she is really concentrating on getting it right. Way to go!!

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  8. Thanks all!

    BEC~ You know we have gone back and forth with her over the stirrups!! At the beginning of the summer I was looking at her while she was sitting in her saddle and I said "your stirrups aren't right, ones longer than the other" Sure enough it was and it just so happened that was the one she kept losing... When made them longer just a couple of weeks ago, and I'm thinking your right we need to bring them up one... I do plan on rubber banding them, what is your opinion on banding for barrels because she loses them a lot there to! I know you said you wouldn't really choose that for barrels but why?! I love when you give me guidance LOL!!! Your awesome!

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  9. Oh the only reason I don't use them for barrels very much is because I don't seem to lose my stirrups when running Moon. My feet stay in there pretty firmly with the roping saddle that I am using. But I have and will use them if I need to on other saddles.

    Also, I ride daily with my stirrups set at one length, but will bring them up a 1/2 or full notch(depending on the saddle) when I run. I never could remember so I finally used a marker to mark the correct hole-LOL.

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  10. Thanks BEC!! great tips, we will definitely be trying them!

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  11. Wow! I think she looks Awesome! Pete could probably use some work in keeping his down lower and being more flexible, especially in the neck and back half. He seems to move as one whole stiff piece and bounces around anstead of curving nicely around those poles. I've never ridden poles, but I do love to watch it. I think your daughter looks great, though and has a great seat, too

    ~Lisa

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  12. oops. Keeping his HEAD down. Weird when I thought I typed it and it somehow vanished. lol!

    ~Lisa

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  13. Lisa~ Pete is either part Morgan or Warmblood so even with his tie down on it doesn't bring his neck down. He actually bends it downward, you'll have to see if maybe you can see how he is doing that on some of her other video's. He is just not a pole horse, he is very touchy on neck reining so sometimes she is oversteering then trying to correct which adds more dramatic body movement LOL!! UGHH...One of these days we'll have it right LOL!! Thanks for the input!!

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