Long time without posting! I don't have a computer at my new place as I am putting all my money into competitions and lessons but I figured I would update everyone on Gidget.
We went to our first SOBRA event. We did three practice runs before hand. They turns were a bit sloppy but we did well and I got almost three runs in within a minute and that's with me going and circling before I run the barrel to make sure I have her on the correct lead so overall I thought we did decent on those. However when it came our turn it wasn't so great. We ran a 19.069. I ended up losing a stirrup as I didn't band my feet. The run was clean but it could have been SO MUCH better. Honestly,I was disappointed =/ I know I shouldn't be but I was. I was in the 4D and placed 22nd out of 32 in that division. I have a lot to work on and I talked to my trainer and we are finally going to do barrel work Along with our conditioning.
My biggest issue is letting her have her head. I hold her back too much. I use to do jumping and english so I'm use to having contact and I really have to break that as I am confusing her I ended up shortening my reins more as SorrelHorse mentioned they were still too long.
I did buy a pair of charmayne james bumper spurs and they work SO much better than your classic spur.
My trainer said Gidget can get alot faster and probably around 16 seconds. I know she probably won't ever reach 14 seconds. She is a smaller horse...stocky,yes but she is only 14.2 1/2 hands and I was curious if her height holds her back as well? Most barrel horses I see are around 15 hands+...there are those exceptions though.
When we were practicing I ran an 18.5 but We are stalling around the turns and she seems to be a bit rate-y at the first barrel..anyway to fix that?
She is going on 11 yrs...does she still have a lot of barrel racing years? She was never ran hard on the pattern with her previous owner but she was started at 4 yrs old,I believe...isn't that a bit young?
Anyways,I need a pick-me-up...