So, I got a new camera not too awfully long ago and I've been trying it out at the last couple of shows...
Obviously, I'm not very good at this yet, and my horse is still learning. I've only been trying to ask her to go this last summer, I'm at school, so the last two months I've been riding only on the weekends, and we don't have poles at home, so those don't get practiced at all, and I only had a seven week summer to school her, so I'm really just happy to have gottan anywhere at all!
ummm... ok so maybe I don't know how to post videos....
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I don't really know why you posted the videos, but I feel like I should mention, for poles your circling on the wrong side. If your going down the left side, circle to the left (other side of the arena) to be on the left lead already for the left turn at the end.
Your horse is handling the barrels fairly well for such a short amount of time. The only thing I can see right now is just lighten up your hands. Your catching your horse in the face. Let her have her face more in the turns and give her a little more room to turn. Just let her work, looks like she's trying really hard for you.
Thank you both!
I'm so bad about my hands--worked really hard in the arena to get her moving off my legs and then when I get at the show I tense up. :(
Do you think moving to a lighter bit might help? I'm using a plain snaffle when I practice at home, then a twisted wire gag at the show. The smooth mouth gag I have was snagging so I switched it out. I put some conala oil on it to try and keep that from happening, but never switched it back to see if it worked.
How does she do in the snaffle? Maybe you should try it at a show. That's a bit of a contrast, she's probably not used to having much bit pressure. Also sit back when you turn and put your hands down to stay out of her mouth. Otherwise she's doing well for just being started.
You know, I did trailer her down to the saddle club about a month ago to work and ran the pattern a couple of times to finish up--I seem to remember her working better with the snaffle. I can't go home this weekend with finals coming up next week, but maybe next Saturday I'll be able to get up there and at least work her with all three bits and see how she goes.
The problem that I was having last summer was I couldn't get her to bend over at the pole and I couldn't get her sitting down to stop when I working, and she can run right through the snaffle if she wants to, and she can pitch quite a fit if she thinks she can get out of something, so I used the twisted mouth bit for when she was pitching hissy fits and at shows. This summer I had to step back and stretch her out, but I didn't get the temper tantrums from her, so it might be time to drop it entirely.
Now that you say something about the bit, your videos make more sense!
You can see that she certainly has the speed, but I think shes probably running with the brakes on. She just looks hesitant. Like she is holding back. She looked much more comfortable in the second videos than she did in the first.
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