Dear God, here:
I DO NOT RUN THE PATTERN. I AM GETTING MY YOUNG HORSE PATTERNED ON THE BARRELS. I AM WORKING THE PATTERN.
I just said that I am not competing with him. And that he is too young to be running the barrels with. I guess I shouldn't have used the word "running", I agree that was the wrong word to use. But as I just stated, he is too young to be using to compete. I agree with that totally. I would probably be upset if I saw a 3/4 year old competing, definately. But starting a barrel horse out at 3/4 years old is perfectly fine in MY eyes. And that's what I'm doing here.
We are working on w/t/c on the pattern. He already collects/extends, moves off the leg, bends/flexes, smooth pivots, great roll backs, etc. He is still perfecting these things but we have gotten a great base on him. He already moves the hind and front independently very well. But I don't know why I'm explaining myself here.
And FYI in my thread about the bit, I don't run the barrels in the tom thumb. Just a plain old snaffle works great!!
~*~*~*~No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle ~*~*~*~