You are standing in front of your horse, holding his head in both hands, sending him the plan, the strategy for this next competition. You are letting him know the ground is bad at the first barrel, to be careful, and that you will do what ever it takes to help him make the best run you can. You mount up, and trot some easy circles to warm him up, you lope both ways, making spiral type circles to stretch his muscles. Your girth is tight, you balance even, you head to the gate. You can feel his heart pounding in rythem to yours through the sadde. He neck is arched, his breath deep and even, and getting faster. He stands ready, still, yet you can feel the energy course through him. You ground sending the energy from your feet and through his to the earth, and you pray asking for safety, for you and all the other competors. He doesnt even twitch an ear as you are doing this. You are for this time .. one. As you position for the gate, he can no longer control himself, and you have 1000 pounds of muscle, mind and heart ready to run. You ready yourself and then you let him go.