By Patty Wilber
Here we are with good weather and no in-person horse shows, so virtual shows have taken off.
Sounds great--get the info, pay some money, video your go in the comfort of your own (or a nearby) arena. No long drives, no all day commitment.
I did my first video class (Ranch Pleasure, a pattern class) with the NM Paint Club show.
It was in the comfort of my own arena, but did NOT turn out to be one and done.
Oh no! There were bobbles! We can’t have bobbles! They had to be refilmed. And since I entered four horses, that took a while.
So, when I got to my second virtual show, The Virtual Red Hot Ranch Horse Challenge, I was semi-prepared.
The first class I tackled was Open Ranch Trail, and I cut the number of horses I was showing from four to two. I learned that two were going to be plenty.
I authored the open Ranch Trail pattern for this show, but, for whatever reason, did not make it with my personal (smallish) arena in mind. I did manage to get it to fit.
The first day of filming was less than ideal. My biggest challenge was the lope over logs.
I put the logs outside the arena, in a “chute” I have, but because one log was also needed for a sidepass, and I have a railroad tie perimeter, I had to put that first log pretty close to the start of the loping area where the railroad tie was not very high…
So, that left only a few lope strides before the first log.
I also put the two logs down at random. I did not measure the distance between them. By golly, a ranch horse should not need to have a walked off distance between logs, especially two logs over 30 feet apart! They should adjust their stride. I mean, really!