01-09-2013, 02:59 AM
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We don't do barrels. The reason we start slow is for the horse to get an idea of what we do. It also helps the rider who is new (as I was at the time) get in the habit of how to do things safely. I didn't canter the weave until I felt confident enough to actually do so. From there, at the points where it mattered, like my timing, I knew what I was doing and I trusted my horse to know what he was doing also.
Obviously horses aren't mindless drones. I know that very well. I made a mistake and I learned my lesson.
My apologies for giving an experience that wasn't directly related to barrels. Maybe I will learn to keep my mouth shut next time.