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A Love Hate Relationship - Part 2
 By MoMoz   •   8th Aug 2011   •   2,136 views   •   23 comments
The first time I ever rode Fancy was at a show. I ended up knocking over the third barrel in the barrel racing class, which caused me not to place. I wasn’t about to beat myself up about it though, considering I had never even ridden this horse before. I felt pretty good knowing I got on this horse after she had practically killed me a few months prior.

My Lessons on Fancy

Barrel Race Horse StoryI rode her every Friday night for the next three months. I gained confidence on the spirited mare and I learned how to barrel race properly. I was pretty good on Fancy, but not that good. After a while she started picking up bad habits. She started knocking over barrels and turning too soon, but worst of all, bucking. I wasn't sure if I had caused these bad habits or something else was the cause. I mean, I wasn’t the only person riding her. Her owner, Sarah, rode her more than anybody. Surely all these problems weren’t MY fault? Either way, I was beginning to love this horse.

Eventually, in one lesson I got bucked off. I knew it would happen at some point. She started to get really hot around the barrels and when I was doing a practice run and asked her to run home, she got so excited that she started bucking. I subsequently pulled her head up, but she still managed to buck. I’m still not sure how she did that. I ended up falling face first and slid a few feet in the dirt.

I literally ate the dirt. Ouch.

I have never been the kind of rider who is scared to get back on after a fall, so I kept riding her in lessons and she never bucked again.

One week, Fancy’s owners were going out of town and they asked me to take care of her and ride her if I wanted. I had never owned a horse before so I was excited to actually get to clean her stall, groom her and ride her every single day as if she was mine. Of course, now I know that cleaning your horse’s stall isn’t all that fun after a long day of riding. I just got a little over excited when I heard they wanted me to watch Fancy and wasn't aware of all the responsibilities.

I ended up riding her for three straight days and then decided to take a break and just lunge her in the round pen. A few days later I rode her for another two days and worked her on barrels. That’s when I noticed her having problems with knocking over barrels. When her owners came back and took her to a barrel race, she ended up freaking out and knocking over barrels and shortly afterwards came up lame.

The owners blamed her lameness on me for cantering her in the round pen and working her too hard.

“Did you canter her in the round pen? You’re not supposed to do that! She can’t make that sharp of turns!”

I was a bit confused and responded. “Umm... she is a barrel horse. I would think she could make those sharp turns.”

After the whole round pen “making her sore” incident, I never rode her again. I loved her, so it broke my heart. I have never loved a horse that much even if I did only know her for a few months. It breaks my heart to see her continuing to have problems with the barrels. I wish I could ride her again, maybe I can fix some of the problems I started, or help her owners figure out what is wrong. I have some ideas too of how I can fix her, but unfortunately I will never be able to try them.

Even if I never ride her again, I will always love and hate Fancy.
A Love Hate Relationship - Part 2
A Love Hate Relationship - Part 2
A Love Hate Relationship - Part 2
A Love Hate Relationship - Part 2
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