For those of you who don't know, I lease a quarter horse mare who is 23 but acts like she's 4 (if you don't believe me, you should've seen her yesterday when we were galloping!). Cheyenne's super fast and has done barrels and gymcanas lots of times.
I am a pretty advanced beginner I guess. I have competed in 3 horse shows and done pretty well. I've been riding Cheyenne for more than a year now. I've never done a gymcana but Cheyenne's owner wants me to start doing them, so I decided to start trying barrel racing. I was out there yesterday (and will probably be today) and tried them at a trot and canter. Cheyenne wanted to gallop around them but I had to hold her back because I wasn't ready for it yet. I did alright but my friend told me to keep my hands up and use more of my outside legs.
Do you have any tips about it before I really start? I'll post pictures eventually, but for now, what can you tell me?