Originally Posted by beau159
Were you asking/pushing him for speed in this 21 second run?
If so, I wouldn't do that.
With only a month on the barrel pattern, speed shouldn't be in your mind yet. Making perfect patterns at the walk and trot (and potentially slow gallop) should be your number one priority, keeping your horse calm and collected the entire time.
It's always a good idea to start hauling a horse to get them used to the sights and sounds of a barrel race or show, and even better if the show allows you to do exhibition practice runs. Again, don't go for speed yet. You have plenty of years ahead of you for that.
I don't think she was asking for speed....Selena could run a 21 easily with a month on the pattern and she never had speed. Granted she's only about two months now but you know....lol
I do definitely agree though, SLOW, then fast.
OP, congrats on your progress!