Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: THE GREAT NORTHWEST!
Awesome ideas! I had no idea my shoulder had anything to do with it... I know my horse drops her shoulder a lot on regular circles (at walk/trot), but I've never noticed it in barrels. Maybe I'll pay attention next time and try to correct it? If she does, it could be my shoulder... Wouldn't be surprised if she didn't turning a barrel, though. She'll do the smoothest flying lead changes at the perfect time when she's doing barrels and never misses a beat, but she has the worst trouble with lead changes when I ask for them. Silly horse:/
I really like what Corinowalk said about practicing the turns without a barrel! That would really help, since I just KNOW anticipating turns is gonna be a problem later on. One question I'd have for you, though, is about not running until a show... If I'm not used to speed, yet, how do I get used to it? I've heard only running barrels once a week MAX, but never just at a show... And even once a week isn't enough practice. Should I maybe just practice galloping in straight lines? I can run barrels pretty good now at the canter, but the higher speeds are a bit harder since all I've done is a bit of 4H showing and trail, so no really fast work.
RANDOM QUESTION: I've heard on my way home I need to basically kick/spank ALLLLL the way home and don't quit til her butt crosses the finish line. Is this seriously necessary? I mean, I don't care what anybody says, I'm NOT whipping or spurring my horse unless she needs it, but I'm wondering if that's a common thing or just some barrel racers. I've also heard just the opposite from other barrel racers, too. I mean, geez, this kinda bugs me, because I've always been taught the following:
Three steps of pressure- ask, tell, command. ALWAYS ask as gently as possible before you get rough. Always spanking/kicking before asking nicely is a good way to get one hell of a stubborn horse. You can tell a horse to stop, go and go faster, but you CANNOT tell a horse to keep going.
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