The plan was to go to a jackpot at this arena and just pay my money and practice, but the jackpot was cancelled so we just had a day there to play around and do some drills and get used to this arena.
I convinced myself to not babysit Squiggs like I always do and just sort of let her go, and everything felt much much better. The only real problem with that was that I got a little to carried away with letting her go and quit turning her at third.
I am just simply over the moon happy that when I went to my horse, sat down and said "whoa" (a bit early as I didnt know what to expect from her), she listened and actually worked pretty good! And that lead change too! I loved it :P
I'm NOT asking for a critique as I have a pretty good idea of what went wrong.
This is the 2nd time I've really run her and I'm super proud of how the whole day went, it was her first time leaving home without one of her herd buddies, in a strange trailer, with a strange horse, and went to a strange indoor building that she'd only been to once before. So, with everything being so different, I can't really be upset with what happened with that run cause everything else we did was flawless.
Aaaand by the way, I counted out how fast this run is, and got about high 16's low 17's or so, so without that third barrel bauble and it actually being a jackpot, we would have placed somewhere, and possibly brought home a check.