We’re Off to the (Barrel) Races

Well, the long anticipated day is almost here.  On Sunday my little Horsecrazy Annabelle has her first kids rodeo. 

She is beyond excitement about the whole thing.  Yesterday we went to practice at my brother and sister-in-law’s house in Marsing. 

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Grumpy, Horsecrazy’s mount, has no experience in barrel racing, so she just goes out there and steers him around the barrels. 

Because of this, it was pretty important that the driver learn the pattern.  I was a little worried about this.  At the age of five, attention to detail is not always my little girl’s strong suit.

Aunt Melody came out and demonstrated on her (real) barrel racing horse.  This inspired Horsecrazy to go…..faster.

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She progressed from a walk, to a trot, performing her pattern perfectly from her first try on.  We have been working on practicing “left” and “right” at home in a variety of situations, and it sure came in handy yesterday.

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By the time it was all said and done, Horsecrazy had gotten Old Grumpy to lope around the barrels (more or less) from start to finish.  He was sweating lightly and breathing hard from the exertion.

My little girl was beaming.

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I can’t wait until Sunday.

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