I thought that we were just going to dink around, and we did do that a little bit, but the actual reason we were there, was to work on rollbacks and getting our horses to move off of our legs, for you see, we are all three going to an all level cutting clinic on Sunday (my birthday present from Amber and Kevin!). Needless to say, I was under the impression that it was just going to be a bunch of beginners, who were going to play around and "sort" cattle (the barn that is holding the clinic also hosts cattle sortings). We will be sorting cattle alright...the one that we want to cut (I believe that the trainers name is Gail Wilkinson, but I may be wrong).This was just one of those things where I got a phone call from Amber, who said that we had the opportunity to ride in this clinic, and that she would pay for half of the cost as a birthday present.
Now, after practicing rollbacks and turning on the haunches, I am thinking "what the heck have I got myself into???? I am a trail rider who like to ride Dressage??!!" LOL!!!
Don't get me wrong, I used to take lessons from a cutting trainer, but it was never my cup of tea. Maybe it should be though...my son wants to try reining out. I am sure that I will look like a total goofball out there on my old, gray Arab, who at least happens to love chasing cattle, but I am looking forward to what should definitely be a great experience! We are all keeping our fingers crossed that Waska will survive, as he has only been around cattle one other time...at least he got into it and chased them, so we shall see. Kristina will do fabulous on her paint mare, and will make us all look bad...lol!!! She (Kristina) did make a really good cow out in the arena today though (we "cut" her from an imaginary herd and then kept her away from them...the imaginary cattle..lol!!).
Note: the above horse is AM Fiery Dream, an Al Marah bred Arabian cutting and reining champion.