So lets just start out by saying I have never done this ever in my life. I have never trained a horse from square one to getting them finished. This is my first shot at it and I am taking a swing at trying to futurity my filly that I bought in September 2 years ago. She is going to be 5 years old this coming year and has never been competed on thus far.
This Saturday will be our first competition that we will be entering together. I will be going to a new arena, I will not be doing time onlies and I am going to try and just have fun! This blog post might be helpful for those of you who are about to enter a new horse as well :)
How I am preparing the week of the race:
-Monday: Basic fundamentals such as collection, large circle work, rollbacks and stopping. I also set up the barrels and did a drill at the walk and trot which was simply asking her to turn each barrel two times each to get her to move her feet quicker around the barrel. Once I did it 2 times each I put her away.
-Tuesday: Took her to a local barrel practice night and warmed her up and then proceeded to do the drill the night before 2x and then a trot through. From there I asked for a lope through and focused on what I needed to accomplish. Aka teach myself to ride really deep in my saddle so she uses her hind end around the barrels.
-Wendesday: ALL fundamentals from Monday and no circle work
-Thursday: Day off
-Friday: Warm up and then ask for one lope through the pattern and quit
-Saturday: GO TIME
How I am going to mentally prepare before my run:
-Visualize my run 3 times before I go into make a run
-Pick 3 things that I want to do in my run(Sit deep in my saddle, one handed around the barrel and use my outside leg when I get to the barrel)
-Have fun and treat her like a 1D barrel horse(aka let her go and do her thing)
This is how I am going about this week in preparing myself to get out there and show off my hard work I been putting in for two years. Who knows how it will go but at least I know I prepared for it and whatever I learn from this race I can apply to the next one. Whether you have a new horse or a young horse you are just entering, just remember this is fun and that you have prepared for this! Can't wait to keep you guys up to date on upcoming races and how this one turns out. Stay tuned!!!