For many years I have desired to ride in a Buck Brannaman clinic, it always been out of my budget as well as often not in my area. Well this year I was surfing the net and happened to learn that Buck was coming to Oregon, I discussed it with Dear Honey and we said if I sold a few things we could afford me attending.......
Welcome Craigslist and I made the funds...... that was back in february.
Now this weekend friday, saturday, sunday and monday mornings I'll be riding the clinic.
I've debated for the last month which horse to ride, should I ride Domino ? or Cricket?
Domino is the easiest horse I've ever trained, he is responsive and willing, even as a 3 year old he is very supple and always willing to accept my direction. He is quick and handy and lots of fun to ride. I have no training issues other than he is green.
Cricket is 4 this year and I started her last year, she came up lame with a left hind tendon injury and has had the last year off, I started riding her about a month ago and she is very difficult to ride, she is board stiff and rigid to the right, she is reactionary and over reacts to slaps and quick movements. She has not bucked much this year but bucked me off twice last year, one incident jammed my thumb badly and she spooked and ran me over once while I was leading her, knocked me down and hit my face, it hurt. I think she is over all that now and is responsive on ground work.
My good friend and trainer insists I should ride Cricket, she thinks I may make good progress with her, and we can help her become softer and flexible. I'd like to ride Domino as he makes me look good, he is farther along. I think I'll be able to spend more time watching the others and less time struggling with my horse on new skills.
I like to look competent as a trainer, I'm challenged by Cricket, I have no doubt as to my ability to make her safe and work through all her issues. I expect this time next year she will be well broke and doing anything we ask of her. Its just right now she lacks confidence and suppleness.
Does anyone have a suggestion as to which horse I should ride?