I joined the forum years ago and have sense dropped off the face of the earth. My name is Sarah, I'm from Missouri, it's nice to meet you all! My horse, Jewel, is my baby girl, I brought her up and trained her myself, although I'm not what you would call an expert by any means. I've really only had to the point of entering for about two years now - we usually run 3D/4D times.
Anyways, I'd like to pick your brain here: Really, any advice you can give me is welcome - but right now the most glaring problem I'm seeing the last several times I've run this month is we seem to be blowing our third barrel pretty badly.
I haven't been running much all spring, maybe once a month, and not at all in June. Since I started running again in July, I got a new (used) Circle Y that fits my mare better, and she works a lot better in, with a rear cinch (my old saddle did not have this). I switched to a riding crop in my right hand to get a little more go out of her btw the 1st and 2nd and the 2nd and 3rd instead of a over under that I'm very clumsy at handling. I was really excited the first couple times I ran this month because I felt like she was stretching out a bit more and that with the crop I could focus a little more about helping out on the second and third barrels.
That said, the third barrel has been consistently bad all four runs this month, and last night it was really bad, we still ran 2nd in the 3D, which makes me kind of sad because I think we could be running 2D times if we fixed a few of those problems!
Nice to meet you all and thank you!