Thanks so much for your input. I totally agree on making him circle the second barrel. Being this particular group is unfamiliar to us I wasn't sure about most of their rules. I was wondering if they would allow me to do that. I hate passing up an oppurtunity to teach him and/or make him listen. These shows are NBHA shows, however in our district it seems they are strict on some things and not on others. It was very hard to follow their rules when they didn't give you any info unless you asked and they didn't produce a class list beforehand. I kept running in the announcers office to ask if we were allowed to do certain things. Also, I'm new to barrel racing, I've spent half my life doing hunter/jumper and intro dressage. LOL
The warm ups were great, I was able to grab his attention well because I kept doing circles and keeping him guessing. He calmed down very well, not at first though. lol
I can post my other video of our exhibition run, which I used as an oppurtunity to introduce the arena to him and I made him go slow. He did way better I feel then the final.
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