Others have given you great advice so I'll tell you how I got started in the sport.
I started competing when I was 3 in lead line classes. I still have my high point buckles from the gymkhanas :) When I was old enough to ride by myself I ran in the peewee classes on Jester, (We even got featured in a local magazine in an artciel titled "choosing your child's first horse" ) then eventually I had to go to Junior and borrowed my trainers horses because Jester wasn't really fast enough to keep up with the others. That led to a LOT of horse swapping, a lot of changing, and well eventually also led to me deciding I wanted to train barrel horses for the rest of my life. I LOVE all the other disciplines I tried and would love to still ride them, but this is my main focus now.
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
Last edited by SorrelHorse; 04-22-2012 at 02:55 PM.