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post #1 of 6 Old 07-12-2012, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
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As of lately my speed horse has been kicking out when I ask for more while we're patterning . When I take her out to run on a trail every two weeks she has no problem . But when I ask for just a little more on the pattern she just kicks out . I stop her and spin her every time but it doesn't seem to help much.. What can I do to correct this ?
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-12-2012, 12:37 AM
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How are you asking for more speed?

Are you sure that the saddle isn't hurting her anywhere?

Is there any object in particular that seems to cause the kicking out...applying leg, spur, crop, over-under, etc?

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Just squeezing my legs . I don't like kicking with spurs (even my short barrel ones) . I'm going to try going without spurs tomorrow . And nope I've checked for any saddle issues . I really hope it's just my spurs cause she never used to do this up until about 3 weeks ago .
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-12-2012, 12:43 AM
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My first thought, actually, is that she's starting to get sour on the pattern and so is acting out when you ask her to really try because she simply doesn't want to.

But, of course, it can't possibly hurt to rule out pain from her tack.
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I'll try tomorrow without spurs and if she still acts up I'll keep her away from the pattern for awhile . We have a show in less than two weeks so I'm just trying to cover my bases . Thank you for the input !!
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-12-2012, 01:00 AM
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For what it's worth, most the good barrel racers I know never work the pattern at home once the horse is familiar with it. They work on all the other basics like bending, yielding, rate, cadence, and suppling, but never the pattern.
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