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    08-01-2013, 05:57 PM
Barrel Run Critique

This is me running a friends horse named Cash. He is probably the roughest horse I have ever been on. Trainers around our area have turned him down and refused to ride him. He was bred for western pleasure and stands at about 15.3hh. I really like him though.

Any critiques on this barrel run?
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    08-01-2013, 05:59 PM
I don't think it's going to let me upload it to youtube super quick.
    08-01-2013, 06:06 PM
Rough? I don't see it?

Overall the run was pretty nice. I would just be sure to push him a little deeper into the turns on the 2nd and 3rd. It almost looked like he cut in on the turn too soon for the 2nd, so make sure he waits on you to signal him to turn.
    08-01-2013, 06:13 PM
Originally Posted by beau159    
Rough? I don't see it?

Overall the run was pretty nice. I would just be sure to push him a little deeper into the turns on the 2nd and 3rd. It almost looked like he cut in on the turn too soon for the 2nd, so make sure he waits on you to signal him to turn.
He is...crazy rough. There is no smooth gait to him period unless it's his walk. I'm not to sure what it is about him that makes him so rough. His trot and lope are the worst though.
I have had no say so in his work or what not, he isn't my boy. The lady leases him to me for barrels one likes riding him. Anyways. His third is the hardest. No matter how much I attempt to push him past it he always cuts it to close for comfort. His second barrel is actually a clean turn all the way around.
He also doesn't round his turns. We have worked and worked to fix it but his turns are just 'Vs'
    08-01-2013, 07:30 PM
Nothing wrong with a V-style. It seems to work well for him. Not all horses are going to be "round turners". Each horse figures out his own way to turn the barrel the quickest. His turns are fine.

Make sure you are NOT looking at the barrel when you run him. Instead, look at a spot on the ground past the barrel where you want his feet to go. Focus on that spot and drive him to it. If you have to keep two hands up until that point, do it.

Doing some slow work with him will help him from anticipating. Go toward the barrel as if you are going to turn it, except don't! Instead, counter arc him away from it in the opposite direction. And THEN turn it.

Also, in slow work, you can go WAY past the barrel on purpose before you let him turn. It teaches him to wait on you for a cue.

Or you can go toward a barrel like you are going to turn it, and then simply go away from it again. Again, teaches him to wait on you.

My old horse Beau was very anticipatey. I really had to push, push him deep into the turn, and did slow work to keep him listening.
    08-01-2013, 11:35 PM
I can't drive him far past it in slow work. Sadly. Ill try to convince the owner it won't 'ruin' his run. I look at a post on the fence when I drive him. I Carroll him off the barrel using rein either. And when it comes to feet he moves extremely slow or doesn't respond. Thanks for the advice though. I really appreciate it. Ill post a pole run here in a few.

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