5 Steps to starting Western Mounted Games

Pasio Life 5 Steps to starting Western Mounted Games Welcome to the exciting world of Western Mounted Games, South Africa style! This exhilarating sport combines the thrill of speed with the precision of horsemanship, offering challenges and fun for riders of all levels. If you’ve ever dreamt of galloping through an obstacle course on your trusty steed, competing with friends and pushing your limits, then Western Mounted Games might be your perfect fit. But where do you begin? Don’t worry, aspiring cowboy or cowgirl, because this blog is your ultimate guide to getting started. Saddle up as we explore the five essential steps to embarking on your Western Mounted Games journey. What is Western Mounted Games? Firstly, what is WMG? It is a test of both speed and accuracy. Here’s a quick rundown: There are 13 games, of which only 5 are chosen each time for a qualifying competition. These games all have their unique patterns and each is ridden in a different time limits. In this discipline, the timer is your judge. If you knock down a pole or a barrel, you get a 2-second penalty, except in the Barrel Race game, where you will get a 5-second penalty (exactly like in America). If you knock down a barrel with a bucket and a flag on it, you will get a no-time (meaning the time you ran will not count). The most challenging part is understanding the nitty gritty rules, but for that you will have a real judge with you in your arena, they will also dictate if you’ll get penalties or not. They know everything as they have been properly trained, plus if you are ever unsure about a rule, these judges are trained to help too, so do not hesitate to ask. Western Mounted Games will not only teach you to be on point with you techniques but also to bond with your horse and create an amazing horse and rider combination. The most important thing that WMG will teach you is proper horsemanship. When you have that connection, you are unstoppable, and every game you do flows like a river. Now, doesn’t this sound fun? Well, let’s get started. You will learn the basics of Western Mounted Games, how to find a suitable horse, learn the necessary skills to excel in your first competition, understand the rules and techniques, and discover how to join a WMG club or register, all leading up to your first competition. Step 1: Understand the Basics of Western Mounted Games WMG requires you to ride 13 different patterns. This means that you have to remember them all and execute them with at higher speeds and, preferably, without knocking anything down. Though knocking poles and drums down is allowed and won’t cause you to get a no-time it isn’t ideal as you do not want any seconds added to the time you ran, if you want to have a good time, you’ll want to avoid it. The different types of games in Western Mounted Games include: Now here is a run down of how all the games are rideen: Resource: https://www.sawmga.com/index.php/content/About+Us/2189/lib_defaults/content.php/2671 The equipment needed for all these games is simple: you need enough bending poles plus 2 extra for set up as timing poles (your start and you finish), about 3 barrels, two black buckets, 3 flags, a cone, and golf balls. That’s it. As for the equipment required for you to compete, basically, it’s you and your horse. You can compete without a saddle and bridle, but if you’re not at that stage yet, competing with a saddle and bridle is perfect and recommended. However, the most important thing is your helmet. To put it simply: no helmet, no ride. Step 2: Find a Suitable Horse The ideal Western Mounted Games horse requires not only the speed of a racehorse but also the turning ability of a cutting horse and the control and responsiveness of a stock horse. These horses need to be fit and light on their feet, so fitness training and agility are essential. But let’s be honest; this is for a top-class Western Mounted Games rider. In reality, any type of horse can compete and most likely do good as well. You can even show up on your Zebra or Donkey, as there are no rules against it. By all means show up with your Zhorse. This sport is meant for anyone. All you need to do for your equine companion is prepare them for what’s to come. You can use any poles to make bending poles and anything to make drums; they just need to understand the patterns, tight turns and speed associated with the games. You don’t want to shock them at their first show, do you? Any horse can do it, and almost any horse can perform well with the right training. So go rescue a horse and teach them what it means for you and them to be a Western Mounted Games team. Just a suggestion… Step 3: Develop Riding Skills It’s essential to have some skill in this discipline. Falling off the horse because your balance is off or causing your horse to knock down obstacles due to poor riding skills is not fun for neither you or the horse. So, let’s touch on the basic riding skills you’ll need. As I’ve mentioned, balance is essential. A good rider can demonstrate good balance in the saddle while the horse is turning and at high speeds. Secondly, you need to be able to sit deep in the saddle while negotiating a tight turn. If you look at top-class barrel racers, they sit deep in the saddle while turning. This grounds your horse so they can find their footing. When it’s time to pick up speed, you need to be able to pull yourself out of the saddle fast enough for the horse to accelerate and take off. These are skills and tips I’m am also giving you to help you and your

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The Quest to Having Fun

Pasio Life The Quest to Having Fun: A Journey of Passion and Joy In a world consumed by stress and responsibilities, there’s something truly magical about finding moments of pure happiness and unbridled fun. It’s a feeling that can uplift your spirit, rejuvenate your soul, and bring a smile to your face. Welcome to Pasio Life, a place where we wholeheartedly believe in the transformative power of joy. Our company was born out of my personal quest, a journey that began with a solitary ride and blossomed into a burning desire to share the love and happiness of horseback riding with others. Today, our mission is to create experiences that ignite your sense of adventure, set you free, and infuse your life with boundless joy. Unveiling Our “Why”:Let me take you back to that moment when everything changed for me. Picture a serene landscape, the sound of hooves rhythmically connecting with the earth, and a gentle breeze whispering through the trees. It was during that solitary ride that I discovered a happiness so profound that I couldn’t keep it to myself. The freedom I felt while riding horses sparked a passion within me, a longing to share this incredible experience with others. That’s when I realized that our “why” is so much more than just providing services—it’s about cultivating immense happiness in the lives of both horses and people, and enabling them to embark on their own personal journeys of adventure and joy. Embracing the What:When you step into the world of Pasio Life, be prepared to have your heart illuminated by sheer delight. Our purpose, the essence of our being, is centered around the simple but profound mission of bringing genuine smiles to your face. We don’t settle for mere satisfaction; we strive to create extraordinary experiences that will leave an indelible mark on your soul. Whether you’re a seasoned equestrian or someone who has yet to experience the joy of horseback riding, our deepest desire is to take you on a journey of unbridled fun and pure happiness. From our guided trail rides that reveal nature’s breathtaking beauty to our relentless pursuit of innovation in equine technology and clothing, every endeavor is crafted with unwavering commitment to enhance the joy in your life. Unleashing the How:At Pasio Life, we wholeheartedly believe in the enchanting bond between horse and rider. It is a connection that transcends words, a language of trust, understanding, and unspoken harmony. With every stride, every gentle nudge, and every shared moment, the horses become our partners, guides, and friends in this exhilarating quest for happiness. We pour our hearts into ensuring that our equine companions are not just well-trained animals but empathetic beings who understand and respond to your emotions. Together, we create an environment where you can experience the transformative power of their presence. Our dedication to your safety, well-being, and joy is unwavering. Through our expertise, compassion, and commitment to the latest techniques, we strive to make every interaction with our horses a deeply personal and meaningful experience. Cherry on top:As I reflect upon the journey that led to the creation of Pasio Life, a surge of gratitude and excitement fills my being. The quest to have fun, to spread happiness, and to share the unadulterated joy of horseback riding is not just a business venture for us—it is a heartfelt mission. I speak to you now as one who has experienced the profound freedom and happiness that comes from riding alone, and it is this very happiness that I yearn to share with the world. Join us at Pasio Life, where our passion and purpose converge, and let us be your guiding light on a path illuminated by laughter, adventure, and unforgettable memories. Together, we will embark on an extraordinary journey, united by the boundless love for horses, the pursuit of joy, and the unwavering belief that life is meant to be lived to its fullest, one gallop at a time. Pasio Life

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Beauty and Power of Nature

Pasio Life Beauty and Power of Nature As I sit here, surrounded by the picturesque landscape of Koedoeslaagte horse trails, I am reminded of the beauty and power of the natural world. This place is a testament to the boundless possibilities that exist when we immerse ourselves in the great outdoors and allow ourselves to be swept away by the forces of nature. It is here that I am also reminded of the PASIO.LIFE elements that are so deeply intertwined with my own sense of purpose and identity. You see, PASIO.LIFE represents the passion that we each bring to our lives, the drive and fire that propels us forward and helps us to overcome even the greatest of obstacles. It is this passion that I seek to embody in all that I do, and it is this passion that has brought me to Koedoeslaagte horse trails. I have always been an avid lover of horses, and there is no place quite like Koedoeslaagte to indulge this passion. The trails here are truly unparalleled, winding through lush forests and rolling hills, offering riders of all skill levels a chance to experience the thrill of the ride. Whether you are an experienced equestrian or a beginner, you will find something here to challenge and inspire you. But beyond the sheer thrill of the ride, it is the connection that I have formed with these magnificent creatures that truly sets Koedoeslaagte apart. As I spend my days here, I am reminded of the deep bond that exists between horse and rider, a bond that is based on trust, respect, and mutual understanding. When I am riding through these trails, I am not just experiencing the thrill of the ride, I am communing with nature in its purest form. In many ways, this is what PASIO.LIFE is all about – the pursuit of that which sets our hearts ablaze and fills us with a sense of purpose and meaning. It is this passion that has driven me to Koedoeslaagte, and it is this passion that will sustain me as I continue my journey through life. So, my dear reader, I invite you to come to Koedoeslaagte horse trails and experience the beauty and wonder of this place for yourself. Whether you are a seasoned equestrian or simply seeking a way to connect with nature and find some peace, you will find what you are looking for here. And as you embark on your own journey through life, may you always hold dear the PASIO.LIFE elements that drive you forward and help you to achieve your greatest potential. Pasio Life

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