Con­fi­dence in Prepa­ra­tion

with Nick Sar­tain

Spin to Win Rodeo - - Competitive Edge -

I can be the most con­fi­dent per­son in the world, or I can be not so con­fi­dent. Prepa­ra­tion and prac­tice, to me, makes me con­fi­dent. I’ve roped with guys who don’t care if they prac­tice and don’t have to ride. That works for some guys, but not this guy.

I find my con­fi­dence in the arena in how pre­pared I am to com­pete. If I feel like I put in my time in the prac­tice pen, and I’ve worked my horse and I’m with him, that gives me con­fi­dence. If I’ve been rodeo­ing for a few weeks and I know my horse is go­ing to want to be quick and he’s not go­ing to score the sharpest and I haven’t got­ten to prac­tice—I don’t feel as pre­pared.

It can even be be­cause my ropes don’t feel right—maybe I didn’t get enough ropes sent where I needed. When we’re out rodeo­ing all over in the sum­mer, we’ve got to get boxes of ropes sent to friends’ houses where we know we’ll be ahead of time. Some­times younger guys don’t have those con­nec­tions on the road, so they end up hav­ing to buy ropes at feed and tack stores and make it work. Just plan­ning all of that out, and be­ing sure you’ve got good, fresh ropes, can re­ally make or break a guy be­cause we are deal­ing with tenths of a sec­ond.

Some­times when you’re rodeo­ing hard, you aren’t able to ride your horse. I still rope the dummy, and I make sure some­body is rid­ing or exercising my horse if he’s in an­other rig some­where else in the coun­try. If I rope the dummy for an hour and a half, I can fake my­self into believ­ing I’m pre­pared.

You have to re­al­ize every day is a new day. It’s about the prepa­ra­tion you put into it com­ing up to that event. What you’ve done in the past doesn’t do any­thing for you the next time you go to town. I had to learn that my­self. Wor­ry­ing about what other peo­ple think or try­ing to prove your­self won’t do you any good.

SAR­TAIN LOST HALF OF HIS RIGHT THUMB AT THE ORE­GON TRAIL RODEO IN HAST­INGS, NE­BRASKA, AUG. 26, 2017, AND HE IS NOW AD­JUST­ING TO HIS NEW SWING. CATCH SAR­TAIN JACK­POT­TING ON THE HEEL SIDE IN 2018.

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