WHAT’S IT REALLY LIKE…ON THE RODEO ROAD
Below you will find last week’s Friday email. On Friday’s I send an email to a list of a barrel racers that want more personalized information. We have a ton of fun, if interested...sign up here! Keep reading to see what Robyn Herring has to say about living out “on the rodeo road!”
Ok, so several people reached out to me and asked what it is REALLY like to be out ‘on the rodeo road?’ I decided to reach out to my friend, Robyn Herring, owner of the famous stallion Firewaterontherocks and let her answer this question. Robyn has hauled all over this country and knows exactly what it takes to be out there! So if you’re curious, keep reading! I asked Robyn about finding places to keep horses when out on the road hauling, how to pack so much feed or find it out there, hauling together, etc. So…here’s Robyn:
Many girls develop relationships with other horse/rodeo/barrel racing families and friends and are able to stay at those peoples houses/barns while out on the road. Or many times we can find an open rodeo arena that we can pull in to and spend a few nights for little or no charge. I have even stalled at a cattle auction barn just to have someplace to get my horses off the trailer for the night. You would be surprised at what is out there. Also, there is now a Facebook group for us to network in finding stalling locations while traveling from rodeo to rodeo.
As far as hay and feed….I tried to bring enough grain the first year and then determined that was impossible. So I started feeding a feed I knew I could get anywhere. You can pretty much buy Purina everywhere so I started feeding it and no longer had issues. Some girls will have people heading from home with trailers bring out more feed and hay. Hay was always fairly easy for me to find because I was feeding alfalfa. Grass hay seems to be a bit more difficult because grass hay is different depending on what part of the country you are in. Most rodeo committees are really good about helping you find anything you need while on the road. So they would always hook us up with a local hay producer. 🙂
I personally always hauled by myself because I hauled a stud which made it difficult to haul with someone else. However, there are many girls who haul with other girls that rodeo. Also, even though we might be in our own rig, we try to buddy up and travel in groups.
Depending on where you live pretty much determines how long you are “out on the rodeo road”. For instance, many of the winter rodeos are here in Texas. So those of us who live here don’t really have to stay out there for lengthy periods until we hit the summer rodeo trail. The summer rodeos are typically in the North west. For the summer rodeo run I would leave home in June and not return until the end of the rodeo season which is September 30.
Well there ya have it!
Now I’m gonna give you some tips for being out on the road! I call them tips because I wish I had followed them at certain points. Learn from my mistakes!! Sometimes we know better but we still don’t do better….DO BETTER!
1. Always take extra grain/hay/supplements when you haul. You have no idea what may end up happening when you pull out of your driveway. You want to always make sure you have enough extra for several days because all hell can break loose out on the road and you want to be prepared.
2. Always have the right equipment to change a tire. This is an absolute MUST! Don’t be that person that says “oh we’re just going three hours from home!” DO NOT BE ME. I have done this and a three hour trip home…..took 8! Enough said 🙂
3. Always have extra halters, hay bags, water buckets etc. FYI: At some point you will head home with more horses than you left with, trust me! Ha! If you have an extra hole, somehow a horse always ends up in it!
4. Keep winter blankets in the rig! Weather can change in an INSTANT! I’ve been at a race sweating, only to run and walk outside and there be ice on the rig.
5. This one is very important: Never EVER hop in the truck to head home after a long exhausting several days and say “At this rate, we should be home before dark.” Never. Ever. Say. That. Ha!!! (The last time I said that….we got home the next day!)
These are just a few tips off the top of my head. Have a great day!!