Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Middle of Nowhere, Saskatchewan
She is only 3.
So, put a snaffle back in her mouth, put away the barrels, hang up the whip, and go back to dry work. You can say its all perfect and good, but she's 3, if you think she is perfect, there is going to be holes that show up later as she would have been pushed too far for her age and too quickly.
What she needs is some nice light miles, trails in particular. Go out in a field and work on body control, moving the hip and shoulder independently, softness throughout the body, get her working off of your seat more than anything else, teach her how to leg yeild, side pass, counter arc, get her nice and soft in the bridle.
Stay at a walk or a trot.
You can also work on loping biiiiiiiiiiig sweeping circles, picking up correct leads as you as for them, get all of her transtions nice and smooth.
Then, in Spring or so, bring out the barrels again when she is physically ready for barrel work.