I have a phenomenal mare that I'm using for this show season. We are doing really good but she is super ratey and I always have to push, push, push her past barrels and kegs or we'll hit them. That's not the issue...
The issue is on the run home, she starts slowing well before the timer. Causing us to have a slower time. I carry a crop with me, it's one that makes a lot of noise as opposed to hurting.
The past 3 shows, we've ran 20.4/20.5/20.6 barrel times. Last night, she ran a 21.6 and the pattern felt really good. When I was rounding the 3rd barrel, I looked up at seen 14 seconds on the time clock. And it does NOT take 7 seconds to run home! More like 4.5-5 seconds. I should have had a 19 at least but she just shuts down on me.
Does anyone have any tips for me? Maybe try an over/under to get after her on both sides as opposed to just the right side? (side I carry the popper crop on)
She's been running for 10 years, knows the patterns and she loves to run. She's completely sound, sane and healthy. Nothing is hurting her.