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post #1 of 6 Old 02-13-2011, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Just wondering what word do you use to check your barrel horse
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-13-2011, 07:36 PM
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Just wondering what word do you use to check your barrel horse
To get my horse to rate through the pattern, I'll use a combination of cues. I'll sit deep in my saddle, asking him to shift his weight to his rear end, put a little tension on the reins (depending on barrel and speed approaching barrel), and say "easy" in a deep, drawn out voice.
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Just wondering what word do you use to check your barrel horse
I usually make sure and use a loud and firm "HEY" All my horses are trained to stop with the voice command "Whoa" so I never use that going into the barrel. I made that mistake once back in high school and my mare actually slid 35feet to a stop at the first barrel... i was a bit embarassed, but happy at the same time that she listened so well.

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Well Yah! to go. Right! to turn right around the barrel. Left! to turn left around the barrel. Let's go Home! when running to the finish line. Whoa Big Boy! when stopping.

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post #5 of 6 Old 02-16-2011, 06:47 PM
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Just wondering what word do you use to check your barrel horse
I am VERY verbal during my barrel runs, but most of what I say my horse is the only one who can hear! (I'm not screaming and shouting the whole time. )

But I also use lots of seat, leg, body, and rein cues in addition to the verbal cues.

When the person before us is going, I'll whisper to him "You ready? You ready?" in an excited voice. That gets him excited and lets him know it's time to run!

If there is a side entrance or something where I need to guide him to our starting point, I will usually say "easy, easy, easy" over and over in a calm voice while also holding him back with light rein contact and my body posture. And when it's time to take off, I will release all rein contact, lean foward, and give him a "Okay! Go!"

My horse really doesn't need any rate at the barrel, he has lots of natural rate. In fact, I usually keep pushing him all the way to the barrel itself. But I do say "Hup!" the moment that I want him to turn, while also giving him the appropriate legs cues to move closer or farther from the barrel, and a supportive rein cue to get around the barrel.

In between barrels, to help hustle him, I'm usually saying something like "c'mon Beau, c'mon. Go big guy" or along those lines in an excited voice because that always makes him run harder if I am verbally encouraging him along. I try to keep my hands quiet in-between the barrels, and do more squeezing with my legs (rather than kicking). If he needs it, I will give him 1 or 2 pops with a quirt coming into the barrel, again, to push him deep into it because he tends to rate too much.

And that's about it!

More than you asked for but hup is my word to turn the barrel (along with the appropriate leg, seat, body, rein cues.)

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When the person ahead of me runs in I start talking quietly to Nikki. When I'm walking to the gate I say "Easy, Easy..Easy babe" (because she is VERY hot)..We get in the gate and I say "let's go" and whistle..I set her up and say HEY starting my pockets..usually between second and third she gets a pop on the butt..running out I tell her "let's go home" and maybe another pop..Use alot of legs too..not as much rein because she has a VERY light mouth..

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