Wow that poor little pony, don't they enforce weight limits, as in I went for a 2 hour trek in AZ when I was there and they put me on this thing like a cart horse, because of my weight, and I know I weigh less than her!
Also talk about a lame event, you want action look for a British gymkhana, 6 or 8 in the ring at the same time doing roughly the same thing, round the marker at each point and plant a flag , retrieve the flag etc all done at 2 or more times her speed! Now that gets busy and a bit exciting if you are in to things you have to feed but not with gasoline!
I take barrel racing to mean like this, rather a different thing:
On the other hand this looks more exciting, still think it needs at least 2 in there at the same time.
I thought I knew what flag racing was (which obviously was incorrect ... I thought it was like drag racing) ... but your explanation has me confused ... now I don't know what is flag racing ... earlier, at least I thought I knew what it was and was blissfully ignorant ... after your explanation I did a youtube search and clicked on the first (below) video that google threw at me ... now I am a thoroughly confused person.
Ok...I'll ask the one question no one else has.....
What's a 'flag racing' event?
I think you handled the situation well.
think of a rodeo with barrel racing' that, but with a flag that you have to jam into a pot of dirt at the end of the run.