At least this time he stayed on. He must finally be getting back into the swing of things. Mr. Cowboy and my father in law are talking about sending Richie to a trainer for a little while to help Richie get a little refresher coarse on roping. I also believe Little Cowpoke needs a little refresher coarse on roping too.
He has missed his calf every week for the past three playdays. We will work on it this week when Big Cowpoke gets back. Which is today! We all are so very excited. I get to drive to Houston and pick up Big Cowpoke. I do hope I can avoid all this Tropical Storm Edward weather. But back to the playday.
The flag race. This is Little Cowpokes favorite. He always says, "Give me the whip!" That is what he calls the "flag". It really is just a piece of PVC pipe. I think this event would be a bit easier if my kids had a shorter horse. Pearl is only 15.3 hands. Pearl is such a good girl. She will carry those Cowpokes where ever they want to go. My old trust worthy gal. Crazy Thoroughbred right? I don't listen to all those horrible stories about how crazy Thoroughbreds are. I love my Thoroughbred mare. Mr. Cowboy has been trying to get Little Cowpoke to hold the reins and direct Pearl around things himself.
Little Cowpoke now tells everyone, "I ride by myself!" Which is semi true. I rode Pearl in the flag race too and got a 14 second ride. I don't like to go too fast. But I got first because all the other seniors messed up. Slow and steady wins the race. Normally the winner of the flag race can do it in about 9 seconds. We had a fun day. Little Cowpoke turned Pearl around all the barrels himself in the clover leaf pattern. Mr. Cowboy was still there to help out. We are hoping that maybe by the end of next rodeo season that Little Cowpoke will be able to go out in the arena all by himself. I am also wanting to get both Cowpokes one of these.
So very cool huh? Big Cowpoke is all excited about it. This is a cowboy hat helmet made by Troxel. It should be in stores starting this month. We will go helmet hunting. Then I won't be such a nervous wreck about letting my little three year old loose on a horse next summer.