Great advice all around. Martha Josey still has training barrel racing clinics (perhaps too far, but I know she goes around still, I think.) The very best advice (it sounds dumb) I ever got regarding racing was do what feels natural to YOU. Allow yourself to become one with the horse (every movement) and move your body accordingly. Practice this as much as you practice the pattern. The horse will learn the pattern and will do it from memory by himself if done enough. You will have to be his counterpart in everyway. If you can move with him, his speed and form will improve consistently. I used to practice 2 hours a day everyday. After 6 months, my mare would be in the pasture at the barrels waiting for me at the exact time we started each day. They are so smart! You'll be great!!!
has anyone ever heard of the carrot stretch? It's where you are dissmounted and you have a few carrots or pony nuts or whatever and you show your horse that you have one and you bring the carrot to his side and then the horse stretches his neck towards the carrot and then when he stretches as far as he can go, you give him the carrot then do the other side. Then you repeat the action a couple times just so that he can stretch out a bit. Does anyone do that? I was watching videos of barrel racing on youtube and they were saying how your horse has to be flexible and has to have agility and stuff and the carrot stretch just popped into my mind. Has anyone tried it?
I've heard of them, but I've never done them. I have done what barrelracer mentioned and just pulled on her face a bit to come back. But you have to be ready to release IMMEDIATELY when they give to the pressure. It's not exactly "pulling" on them, it's asking for them to come back and release to the pressure on their face, then releasing as soon as they give. Repeat until they're as far back as they are for carrot stretches. This one you do mounted, by the way.
I went to the barn today and worked with Cheyenne a lot! She did AMAZING!! I am SO proud of her! I can't even list all the things about her that makes me happy!! I couldn't get pictures because it was too dark but my mom told me that she'll take pics tomorrow when I go
What I did notice though, what that when she was trained, her owners never like trotted her home or anything. They would always gallop her. I can tell that just by riding her (or at least I'm pretty sure that I'm right) because no matter what I did she always had to gallop out flat after she turned the last barrel. Also on the second barrel she would always go to close to the barrel and then she would be too far away when we're turning to go to the last one. Other than those she was amazing! I'll be working a lot more with her tomorrow!
I also did quite a bit of what you guys told me and what I saw on youtube videos! I'd go to the pocket and then stop and back up and then I'd keep her going. I also made a big circle then kept circleing smaller and smaller until we were doing barrel turns. I also mixed up the routine a bit to confuse her and get her more focused on me then on going super fast.
Mske sure to that she nows how to move off your leg very well. I very much dislike seeing barrel racers yanking on their horses mouth because they wont stick close to the barrel.
I LOVE doing lots of lateral movement (sidepassing, leg yielding, ect.) and figure eights around two barrels. Good luck! Barrel racing is fun for everyone.
Thanks! Yeah I've been working on sidepassing with Cheyenne. She'll go really nicely to one side but the other side she hates. She just doesn't seem to understand what I'm asking. I am doing it right though, I had my trainor see what I'm doing and she gave me advise. She will do it fine if we're moving forward or backward but if we're standing still she doesn't like it. Anyways, I've been working on that. She seems to be running WAY too close to the barrel. What can I do with that? I've been going straight to the pocket of the barrel but then she turns too close into it, and then has to stray off of it later on in the turn towards the next barrel. What can I do with that? I've had to push her out and then back in again.
thanks! Yeah I've been working on sidepassing with Cheyenne. She'll go really nicely to one side but the other side she hates. She just doesn't seem to understand what I'm asking. I am doing it right though, I had my trainor see what I'm doing and she gave me advise. She will do it fine if we're moving forward or backward but if we're standing still she doesn't like it. Anyways, I've been working on that. She seems to be running WAY too close to the barrel. What can I do with that? I've been going straight to the pocket of the barrel but then she turns too close into it, and then has to stray off of it later on in the turn towards the next barrel. What can I do with that? I've had to push her out and then back in again.
I would suggest making a bigger pocket going into the barrel, keeping inside leg on, but leaning away from the turn. Also, if you're horse neckreins use the inside rein against her neck. Also, keep your weight on the inside stirrup going around the barrel. DON'T lean, but keep the weight there. That way, you're over the horse's center of gravity.
Okay thanks! I went english yesterday and it was a really useless ride so I have nothing to report but I'll try making a bigger pocket next time I go on the barrels.
Also, when I was doing the barrels, I'd do them once and then she'd be SOO hiper and instead of cantering she'd be galloping and going crazy and pretty much running into fences. What can I stinken do?? If I can't stop her or anything I'll just let her run for a bit to get her energy out and then I'll bring her down to a trot and trot for a while in circles and then I'll walk her out and let her relax then I'll try doing a different pattern with the barrels. But even going in a different pattern gets her pretty hiped up. When she's galloping back 'home' I can't seem to get her back down to a trot. I don't wanna pull on her mouth, but once I did and even that didn't get her to stop galloping. That stubborn pony. Any advice?