Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Middle of Nowhere, Saskatchewan
At a walk/trot, I'd take my turns a lot wider, exaggerate the pocket and push his hip towards the barrel, and exaggerate that as well while leaving the barrel, crossing in front of the barrel (hard to explain) it helps them complete their turns a lot better. (I'm about to post a video from a couple weeks ago with my mare, you can see there how much room I give her on the front side of the barrel and how tightly she comes around the back)
Loping between barrels is okay, but I'd ask for him to slow down into a trot for the barrel, as he doesn't look quite ready to take the turns at a lope. (might be the grass, nothing to dig into) I'd also make sure I'm on the correct leads, especially with such a nice guy like him, just loping along like a perfect gentleman, so laid back and calm!
I didn't get the chance to watch the whole video.
I'd like so see how he is in your actual riding area.