Wow, now that horse knows his job. Barrels is an easy pattern to finish with no rider but poles are much more complicated. He did a wonderful job and I will nearly bet you that he didn't get too close to that one pole. I figure it was probably a loose, flapping stirrup caught it on the way by that wouldn't have happened had there been a foot in it
. If only he weren't so high strung, that is the kind of horse little kids need for barrels and poles. They need horses that know the pattern inside and out so that they can focus on their riding and horsemanship rather than concentrate on just remembering which way to turn.
Thank you for posting that, it was very enjoyable.