I think she is doing very well for a 5 year old. I could not see two of the videos but the two during the day this is what I see.
Like I said she is doing well switching her leads and it looks like your taking your time with her but I have a feeling that down the road you may run into some problems of her shouldering. She is very ratey in her turns and its almost like you are sneaking into the turn then letting her dump her shoulder on the backside.
Right now it probably feels good and even looks okay but once you start to add more speed she may start diving at the barrel or pole and then getting bogged down on the back side because she is not turning it properly.
Try loping her into the barrel with her shoulder up and sides soft, then on the back side of the barrel do not let her drop and snap back (like I said it may feel okay now) keep her shoulder up through the whole turn making her circle the barrel several times if you have to
you can even practice without barrels just pick a spot in the arena lope to it pick her up make her give then let her turn meanwhile keeping that shoulder up and movement through the whole turn. Sometimes they will really want to loose momentum because its can be hard for them because they have instinct to drop that shoulder, once you teach them (this is why I like tires or just a spot I have picked so they dont get bored just doing it on the barrels) they will find it easier to turn this way
I think with your pole turn she is stalling because shes fighting for that lead, its tough for them to learn to switch so fast so just keep practicing and she will soon get that lead before the turn and she wont be fighting for it in the turn, in practice if they dont get the lead I dont make a big deal about it i will just circle them until they get it, even if I have to open up my circle and get momentum I just make them switch circle one or two more times then off I go like they got it the first time.
Hope this helps, it looks like you have a very nice catty little horse. I would be excited! Dont sweat it or make it an issue, just correct it by loping it a few times making her keep her movement, maybe take a bat get her attention then go on
edited to say, when I say shes fighting for that lead I mean her back lead, she switches in the front shes just crossfiring wich makes it hard for them to turn.
Just watched the video again, I love her!! I think shes nice!
Oh and sorry I called him and she my whole post oops
Edited by ranchhorses, 21 July 2009 - 04:27 PM.