When you lope it, with your body position coming up to the barrel, he should be sliding to a stop.
I'm not seeing a lot of rate on that first barrel, and I'd really like to see some more snap to come off of it better.
As for the other two barrels, he's looking like he really just wants to throw himself and dive into those turns.
How does he do loping spirals?
Stop? What on earth is that?
Red doesn't like stop.
But how can I explain this .... yes, I am leaning way back, but I'm not asking him to stop, so he doesn't. I guess he just knows the difference for when I really want a stop out of him, because he has no problem stopping right now when I sit to ask him to stop. If that makes any sense at all. But I do agree, I need more rate on that first barrel and more collection coming into it.
Spirals he lopes just fine. I can move him in and out with my leg. (although sometimes he chooses to ignore it like on our first barrel) That's kind of his way of "getting out of work". He'll pretend he doesn't know how to do something. And sometimes he will try to drop a shoulder to get out of work, but I make him keep going and do it right and then he "gives in" and does it right. I guess I'm not super concerned about his first barrel right now, because I know we will figure it out eventually; hence why I didn't stop him and physically move him over on the first barrel. Pole bending, on the other hand, if he gives me a bad weave, his booty gets stopped and OVER we go. Less room for errors on poles.
I just feel like his turn style IS "dive-like". The handful of times he has given me a snappy, hard
turn, it was amazing. And his front end was very low.
When we were done working the barrels and poles last night, I thought I'd let him have some fun and get some speed. I just did a speed dash, where you run down, turn the 3rd barrel and run back. I gave him the little cue I do to run
, and that little stinker. He kinda threw his head in the air, pushed off (made himself cross fire in the process) to start running, and when he got to the barrel, he literally DUG himself around that barrel. He was just starting to turn it and I'm thinking "Crud, hang on, it's going to be a hard one!". So grabbed my saddle horn to stabilize myself. His front end got nice and low like he usually does making a hard turn, although he did slip. Slipped just enough for his head to go down and the reins to pull out of my hands, but he jumped right back up (bucked actually, little schiester .... his bucks are pretty pathetic though) so I grabbed the reins again and off for home we went. Basically, he was totally goofing off
! I guess I'm glad he had fun, haha. Then I made him trot it real nice and relaxed after. But aside from his having fun ..... he can turn. Hard
. And his front end drops when he does it. Not like he's dropping a shoulder and going to cut a barrel or blow a barrel, but it just seems to be what he does. Wish I would have had the camera on for that one.
I suppose I could try to keep more direct rein contact during the turn to "hold him up" but I'm undecided if I want to, because I don't want to mess with how he is, if that is indeed the case.