Barrel Bumper! Quick fix?
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. 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. 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. 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!