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post #71 of 84 Old 10-21-2013, 06:14 PM
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Okay so winter is approaching quickly here and I live in Wisconsin so the snow and the cold are ALWAYS unpredictable.

What drills or exercises do you guys do during the winter???
I do have an indoor areana but I am not going past a trot because it does get slippery in there easily
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post #72 of 84 Old 10-21-2013, 08:02 PM
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Long trotting whereby she's taking a nice long relaxed stride will help keep her muscles in shape.
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post #73 of 84 Old 10-21-2013, 10:57 PM
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Okay so winter is approaching quickly here and I live in Wisconsin so the snow and the cold are ALWAYS unpredictable.

What drills or exercises do you guys do during the winter???
I do have an indoor areana but I am not going past a trot because it does get slippery in there easily
Trotting is still a great way to keep your horse legged up.

Lots of bending, circles, figure 8's, spirals. You can also trot over ground poles or low jumps (really keeps those hindquarters in shape). Make sure no matter what you do, that you keep your horse collected and hind end engaged.

I myself do not have an indoor arena, so I stick to mostly straight lines for outdoor winter riding, careful to avoid ice patches. Deep soft snow is an excellent workout; even just walking. Warm-ups and cool-downs are longer because I don't clip or blanket. 10 degrees F or colder is usually no riding for me, just because I have a difficult time keeping my toes and fingers warm.
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post #74 of 84 Old 10-21-2013, 11:10 PM
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I usually keep it light during the winter months as well due to bad weather. To keep them legged up I go back to perfecting the basics, focusing on getting them really keyed in to working off my seat and leg cues to keep them light and responsive (especially after a long, hectic season on the road). Roll backs, figure eights, side passing, stopping and backing. I even throw in some training from other events to keep their minds fresh like teaching them how to pull barrels or small logs around, trotting poles, and even some western dressage moves. Another good one is teaching your horse to back perfectly in a box/square pattern and a round pattern. You would be amazed how many muscles they use and how it keeps their minds sharp.
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post #75 of 84 Old 10-22-2013, 04:09 PM
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These are great ideas thanks everyone!!
I want to keep my horse in shape and have a good mind on him so we can have a good turn out with spring arrives :)
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post #76 of 84 Old 05-08-2014, 03:19 PM
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Just thought I would share some of the drills I have been videoing. A few people have asked if I could post some of the drills I do on FB, so thought since I have the videos I can add them here as well :)

3 Barrel Drill
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2Cnh8Z2T6g
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post #77 of 84 Old 05-17-2014, 10:01 AM
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Super idea Bailey!

I did the 4 barrel drill last night with Red. I learned this drill at a Judy Myllymaki clinic. I love this drill because you can continuously work on your barrel turns without starting and stopping (helps with the horse getting nervous about starting). Helps to teach them to keep that shoulder up too because you are staying in the same lead.

You can set this up to any size you like. I chose to set it up large this time.

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post #78 of 84 Old 06-03-2014, 03:24 PM
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Subbing..love this! I always go too wide on my second barrel and no matter what I do when I start the barrel, she goes wide in shows. Going to try some of these today!

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post #79 of 84 Old 07-09-2014, 10:39 AM
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This topic is very helpful! I have been doing barrel racing competitions for 2 years now, but have had problems getting my horse around the second barrel, he always tries to run back the gate. However, he is fine with the other barrels and is fine with all 3 when working him at home.
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post #80 of 84 Old 07-29-2014, 10:28 PM
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Curious for future reference since I know absolutely nothing about bits! I currently ride in a plain d ring snaffle she listens pretty well to it but at higher speeds she doesnt have a very good stop. Walk/trot her stop is great. Loping and it takes circles to slow her down

I know many.people have a bit they only use when doing barrels. What is a mild bit that is a tiney bit more than a plain.snaffle?
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