02-11-2012, 10:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Ally56
My 7 year old mare continues to bump barrel and I don't know how to make her stop. I just started training her for barrels a month ago, so I need to fix the problem now. Why is it so important to fix everything "now"? A horse would not willingly bump a barrel over unless a) they were trained incorrectly to turn b) They are beginning to cheat the turn (Also a result from not learning correctly in the first place) or c) the rider is doing something to throw them off. A month is not a long amount of time for barrel training.
My gelding is a barrel racer, and I need her to be more like him. He refuses to hit a barrel! I went to a show once, where for a trail class they required you to trot up and have your horse knock the barrel over and he wouldn't do it! Upon asking him a 4th time he reared up. I want that attitude in a barrel horse. You want an attitude with a horse that rears? This I do not understand. A barrel horse should not knock a barrel over when trained and ridden correctly, but if you steer that hrose at one he better darn well not stray from where you put him. I don't care if there's an army in the way, if you point the horse a direction they should go no matter what they have to run through. But of course, don't run your horse into anything dangerous.
I want her to say "You want me to do WHAT!?" When I ask her to knock the barrel over. I don't know if the problem may be that she's so bombproof. I don't want to make her a skittish horse, I just want her to think that if she doesn't get her butt around that barrel it's going to jump out and eat her. I repeat...Why? Like I said on your other thread, go back and make sure you are doing everything right. Find a good trainer to help you. A horse that is trained properly to do this will willingly do it.
The only problem is, I have no clue how to do that without causing more problems. (ex. She is too terrified to make sharp turns, she spooks at barrels, etc.) Please help! Thanks! Please find a trainer. It is very hard to train your own barrel horses.
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