Reining. Working cow. Basically everything besides the barrel pattern. If I do actually decide to practice barrels in particular, I work on making tight turns on a flat line. Ou pasture has a long dirt road that's like a track. I set up three barrels in a line down them and lope to the first one, circle all the way and then transition to a differant gait (whatever you want to do) and continue in the same one.
A lot of times I will run to the barrel and mak them stop right next to it. Yeah, you aren't always going to turn. No anticipation.
Figure eights with a flying change. I lope big figure eights around the barrels and practice leads changes that way.
Back to working cow. But don't use a cow or anything. Lope or trot in a straight line, sit back and say "hey" then make them turn and lope the other way.
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