I actually think your hands were better in your first video, because you at least kept them UP the whole time. In your second video, watch your first barrel and look at where your hand is. It is down toward your knee, and actually almost past it. I think your reins are much too long.
I also feel like you looked for your 2nd barrel too soon. Now, everyone horse is going to ride a little bit different, but you hadn't hardly even started turning the first barrel before you were twirking your body around to look for your 2nd. Work on your 1st turn for a tad bit longer, before looking up to the 2nd.
2nd barrel turn, again reins are too long. Your hand was all the way past your hip (although at least you had your hand higher this time
). And you didn't finish your 2nd barrel turn. Your horse came off wide. Make sure to finish it.
I don't think you are really all that
heavy-handed, we just have to make your reins shorter and work on your hand position a bit.
Both the 1st and 2nd barrel you are leaning inward. Don't lean inward. Stay straight in your saddle. You do rate your horse very well going into your turns though (by sitting back with your weight) so keep that up; just don't lean in or forward. Keep your weight in your outside stirrup during the turn.
Third barrel I think you turned a tad too soon, and thus had to leave it wide.
Overall, again, not a bad run.
Watch Dena's hands in her video. See how short her reins are. See how she "lifts upward" with her hands, and not going to her hip or her knee. Use legs, legs, legs!! ANd watch her body position: She doesn't lean. She stays straight in her saddle, and keeps the weight in the outside stirrup.