In these past few years of riding with my cousins, I've had the good luck of getting to experience time in the arena as well as some wonderful times on the trails.
Last year, I hired a trainer while we were down south who was a Barrel Racer. She worked with me on techniques of Barrels and Poles. I found that I have a real love for the games in the arena.....
Hmmmm.....I don't know what it is, but I just LOVE racing a horse around the barrels, watching them get so excited and WANT to go! and that last stretch going home. It's as tho the horse is smiling!!! Really!
While at the Pony Cousin Stampede we got to spend some time in the arena to prepare for the rodeo...I find that this is some of my most fun. It gives me the chance to work on techniques, and lord knows I need that! Look at this awful form! Toes aren't up, Reins too high and snug, why do I DO this??? Need more work!
It sure makes me wonder just what kind of horse would be best for me? I certainly want one that will be able to grow with me. At my age, I don't want to outgrow him or her! Should I look for one with some arena abilities? I do believe a horse that ONLY liked doing trails would bore me in no time.
However, in the meantime, I'm very lucky that sweet Jesse is tolerating me, being patient with me, and allowing me to be his "part-time mommy." This wonderful horse and I managed to place and nab Rodeo princess so I'm not complaining. But, I really hope he doesn't mind spending more time in the arena this winter. I hope to work with him on gaming more so we can "retain" our crown!