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    02-18-2012, 01:05 AM
You can use your imagination to practice the straights and turns you need for barrel racing but there are certainly lots of drills and exercises out there. In fact, there is a site that has a pile of them (Barrel Racing Drills for Barrel Racing Success)

One of my favorites is circle tires where you put 5 o 6 tires (I use bicycle tires) in a circle about 50 -60 ft across. You circle the big circle until your horse is attentive and soft then you would position yourself to circle one of the tires. You want to do a perfect circle around it (this practices maneuverability and control, softness and bend). You can turn every second or third one to start with, however many you need to skip to approach the next one good. You can start at a trot, but eventually you want to be able to lope and lope a perfect circle around each one. This is good for young and old horses. It builds the muscles your horse needs to turn and puts the moves in them too.
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    02-27-2012, 12:04 AM
I do a lot of long trotting and flex work.
I will take my horses to other near by arenas to actually ask for their all but I will practice them at home from time to time.
Having a covered arena with a time clock set up is too good to go to waste.
Mostly I ride in the outdoor and set up the random patterns like others have mentioned.
Like sierrams123 said its not the pattern your horse needs to learn is how to turn/rate themselves properly or responds to the cues you give them.
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    02-27-2012, 02:46 PM
Originally Posted by EquestrianCowgirl4    
Does anyone know and barrel Racing Exercises that will help me and my horse with barrels without running the patern? Because with my horse if you run it to much she will start to get sour. SO just wondering if anyone new any...
Originally Posted by EquestrianCowgirl4    
Thanks, she is just learning barrels so she still needs some work :)
I will set up some cones next time I ride :) Thanks!

I'm not quite understanding....just how long have you been training her on the pattern?
    02-27-2012, 09:17 PM
Originally Posted by BarrelRacingLvr    
I'm not quite understanding....just how long have you been training her on the pattern?
Well I have just been trotting her since late june early july, than started loping late aug. Early sept.
So she gets it we r just working on technic and improving speed.
    02-29-2012, 02:13 PM
Always keep changing up your exercises with your horse. I rarely work my mare on the pattern outside of a race or rodeo. One exercise I used to do with the kids I gave lessons to was set three barrels up in a straight row as far apart as you are comfortable with and start by weaving them and asking your horse to pick up their shoulder with both leg pressure and hand cues. Then move on to asking them to circle all the barrels one way and then the next, making sure that their body position is correct and they are working off their hind end to make the turns, crossing over in the front, etc. A good way to work on correct body position for the horse and for yourself with your body position, hands and feet at a slow pace.

Other than that, take your horse out on rides away from the arena and barrels. Let your horse be a horse and not have to circle barrels or poles all the time. That's on the most important things to do with a barrel horse so they don't go sour.

Good Luck!!
    02-29-2012, 02:14 PM
Originally Posted by EquestrianCowgirl4    
Well I have just been trotting her since late june early july, than started loping late aug. Early sept.
So she gets it we r just working on technic and improving speed.
work on the technique first.... don't worry about speed at all until your turns are perfect. Adding the speed is the last thing to worry about, if you add it too soon without the correct training you can set yourself up for much more work than is needed.
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