I stated on another thread circling a horse was a bad idea..but of course everyone else knew better.
I just want to reiterate the point that some associations will NOT let you do a running start. One of the shows I go to requires that you stop
your horse before you start your run. No exceptions, or you will be disqualified. Another show I go to requires that the gate must be closed and latched before you start your run. Again, no exceptions or you are disqualified.
Just because you've never been to a show that has rules like this, does not mean they do not exist. I've been to lots of rodeos and NBHA runs too and my horse does do better with a running start, but we don't always get to. Rules are rules.
Personally, if it works for your horse to circle or works not to circle (if you have the free option to choose what you want), just do what works for your horse. Plain and simple.
Also when I had the guy walk me in it's because she wanted to go into the arena and she was trying to run into it. I wanted help so that Gidget wouldn't get too excited and go for the speed barrels. I wasn't the only one who did this.
I had some issues with her when entering the gate as she wanted to just go at a running start. I had to get her into a corner,circle her,go over to the judge and wave to her to let her know I was paying attention to her before I went.
You've got the right concept to not allow her to do as she pleases ... but now you've got to execute that.
Personally, I do NOT like to do a running start on a horse that is still learning the barrels. I like to circle them before the run to get a nice relaxed collected gallop (and the correct lead) before I begin my pattern. However, when you get to having a finished horse, most of them will do the best with a running start. But not all, as there are always exceptions.
So even if your association does allow running starts, at this point I think it is definitely smart to NOT do running starts on Gidget. You need control, before speed. But we just have to work on your technique a little as far as how to do those circles, as I have already described.
I like this video example for the galloping circles in the beginning (I could make some comments on her pattern later in the video, but I won't). Both the horse and rider are quiet, the horse is collected, and the circles are nicely executed. I think it would be helpful to start your runs like this, because remember, you need to slow down the entire run anyway. Control, control, and control.
With the birangle people were cheering for me and Gidget tried running sideways and I had to redirect her to go inbetween the poles to get our time or it would have been a no time.
As I already pointed out, it appears to be that Gidget ran sideways to compensate for YOU almost falling to the right. She runs to the right, she catches you. You can't expect her to run in a straight line (or correct her direction) if you are off-balance and leaning to the side and pulling on the reins on top of it. She's a good horse and she's trying danged hard to please you.
I wasnt really asking much for speed yesterday.
Then don't go fast. Keep it to a collected, controlled gallop, and no more. It might have been peer pressure from the people cheering, but I saw you kick for speed on more than one occasion. CONTROL first ..... then speed.
My horse was really hot and I have to stop and wave to the judge and then I go..I was having some troubles stopping my horse when entering so I had to get her calmed down as much as possible.
This is the part where when I said "Your horse needs to be more broke in general" rings true. If you can't even stop her, you need to get back to the basics and get back to simple training. Forget the speed stuff for now until you have better control over her in general.
For me, it is a number one rule that my horses will always stop with no questions asked in any and all situations. It's just too dangerous to not have a 100% solid WHOA.
I would highly encourage you to work with your friends for some hands-on training. Or even better, take some lessons yourself. There's only so much you can learn through the computer.
She isn't a sour horse but just was really felling her oats yesterday. There was a lot of horses and she gets really excited around them.
Doesn't matter. She should listen to you whether you fed her 20 Rockstars that morning and there's a circus going on outside. There's nothing wrong with her being excited .... but she still needs to be attentive and listen to you. And you need to MAKE her do that. Again, I don't see this as the fault of Gidget at this point, but more the fault of the rider, which you do seem to realize. It's going to take TIME and work and patience and consistency, but it will get there.