The road to horseman is marked with mistakes and failures. Errors in judgement and misguidance. It's normal. It's common. It's okay. It seems to have been forgotten in this forum that it's okay to make those mistakes, and okay for people to call you on your mistakes. This is how we learn. We can either recognize our mistakes and improve or we can we deny and stagnate. So! Here is a thread for all of us to recognize our past mistakes. Or, heck, even current ones if your brave! Let's see your bad bits, bad equitation, equipment malfunctions, and so on. Show us where you are, now, too! I'll go first to break the ice! This picture got dug up to poke at me. Honestly, none of you can say anything worse about it than I said when I saw it at the time Im pretty sure it's not even the worst to be honest. Anyway, here we are. This is right after we started barrel racing 2 years ago. This was either our second or third race. I originally posted it in a barrel racing help thread, I believe. We were extremely green on the pattern, had all the typical turning problems, and I was also sort of scared to let her go. As evidenced by my hanging on her mouth. Let the dang reins go, Arem! One hand around the barrel! IMG_4543 by Arem posted Aug 23, 2015 at 3:44 PM Yep. Hot mess. Lots of slow work on the pattern and lots of work off pattern in our bosal or snaffle got us working together better on the pattern. I did eventually have to switch out those crappy nylon reins because she couldn't feel my hands and I couldn't feel her mouth. We're used to reins with better feel. Here we are more recently. Our second barrel can still be trouble. I think I need to set her up better for it, but I go with her better, and I'm not afraid to give her her head. Unfortunetly our barrel racing adventures are over until probably next year. Yes. She pins her ears. "Game face" during launch and between the barrels, ears prick at the barrel "yay! Turn!" Then back to game face. And repeat. Then we stop and she's prick eared, prancy, and proud of herself. We've still got a ways to go. I forget how to ride in the heat of the moment. I need more competition experience. And, of course, lots of fine tuning to both of us off pattern. So there is mine! Where are yours? If you play, I'll post more!