I noticed you were starting to get defensive as your posts went on. Not sure why, as you have no reason to get defensive. I applaud anyone who puts themselves up for critique on a public forum like this, because it can be really eye-opening sometimes.
But now you are getting down right snotty.
Okay, sorry for not running straight away to the barn, and taking a picture of my bit. Which, is not a severe bit. My horse works well in it, and that's what matters.
You have zero reason to get cranky with me when you
did not post a correct picture of the bit you were using. I cannot read your mind. I cannot possibly know that your bit doesn't have as long of shanks as that bit, if you do not tell me.
Especially when you get snarky and say "it was the first one that came up
" in a Google search .... and it's still the not the right bit.
Yes, he shook his head in this video, but last time I checked he was my horse, and I know him. Not you.
Again, why are you getting nasty? What's your problem?
Yes, I have only got about 30 seconds to go by. And he shook his head very early into it. And you did nothing to correct him.
If you let it slide once, I guarantee he will do it again.
Really, really pay attention to your horse. Often times they do things without us really noticing. Including head shaking. I am guilty of not paying perfect attention all the time too. It took posting a critique on here for other people to point it out. When they pointed it out, I'm thinking "Duh! Why didn't I correct him for that?". You need to be honest with yourself when you say it was the first time he's done that. Is that really
He doesn't do that, I'm pretty sure that was the first time he's done that. I take good care of him, and wouldn't do anything to cause him pain or discomfort.
Why do you phrase it as if someone said you were a horrible person inflicting horrible pain on your horse? (There's that defensive response again.) Yes, I asked if he has been checked by the dentist and chiro, and if his saddle fits well. Often times, this is
why a horse will shake their head or wring their tail. I cannot read your mind and assume you have done these things, unless I ask you. There are lots of people who don't do these basic health checks with their horse. And there's no reason to get attitude with me for simply asking. I cannot know the answer, unless I ask you.
I never said that she wasn't giving me good advice, and I said I would take it as far as the barrel pattern goes, and I appreciate it.
What I have been trying to explain is that the barrel pattern is more than the barrel pattern. How well you can execute a barrel pattern depends on how fine-tuned your horse is to your cues. And it depends on what tack you use to send those cues to your horse; in particular, the bit.
If you can move every piece of your horse's body with extreme precision, you are going to be able to pilot him more effectively through a barrel pattern and place his feet exactly where you need them to go.
Rather, if you simply run around 3 cans, sure, it'll still work. And yes, it'll be perfectly fine for fun local gaming shows. But you came on here asking for ways you can improve. You need to get better training and precision from your horse if you truly want to improve (and I've said that before).
I just don't agree with what she said about the bit, and him being in pain, and she seemed to keep emphasizing on that.
Where have I "emphasized" this so? I asked you once
about possible pain (teeth, chiro, saddle), and you answered my question.
I don't want a perfectly trained barrel horse, it's not very nice to say that my horse isn't "broke" he's just fine for what I'm doing.
Again, you are getting defensive when you have no reason to. Never did I say that your horse was not broke, nor did I imply it. But he could be more broke
than he is. You could have better body control
over him than what you have. There is always room for improvement; even on the world's best barrel horse, because they will still need maintenance to stay that way.