I decided he's going to get used this year so we are putting him back to work but keeping him sane with a ton of trail rides and of course, little kids climbing all over him. I'll work him on barrels and right after a run, this 6 year old will climb up on him and he won't get out of a walk.. again, he's a saint.
Here are a few from recently. I have only pushed him SLIGHTLY one time just to see if I could find any holes. Excuse the neighbors place, it's right next to the arena I ride in lol.
Here we go:
He loves to sling out around the back of second barrel, I tried re-wiring his brain a while back but found he really does turn it best that way. Third barrel COMPLETELY my fault, I tried to drive him to it with both legs when all I really needed to do was bump with inside leg.
Same day (After crashing third):
Slowed him down a little bit, third barrel was very wide and exaggerated (on purpose). Just easing through the pattern.
Just easing through it:
This is the same day, I asked for a little speed. Only encouragement from my leg. He's got about 3 more gears but I'm not asking for them for a while. He probably won't see barrels again for a few weeks... just legging up and trails to get him back into running condition and not spoiled pasture pet condition.
I REALLY need to work on keeping my hands low coming out of the turn. I have the WORST habit for some unknown reason of having my arm up so high. I'll have that fixed in no time now that I see how bad it actually is.
If you see anything that would be helpful, I will gladly read your suggestions.