Originally Posted by DrumRunner
Yay! You got it to work..
That's a BIG pattern..I can see where he would get a little distracted..It's rather large.
Just a few questions to get some more info...
How long have you both been running barrels?
Do you have a trainer helping you?
I will say you have pretty good position going into the first barrel..You're not running right at it and expecting him to turn..A ton of new people I see who want a critique are running right at that first barrel..Every time.
A few things I see right off that I can say before knowing your whole situation.
You might want to work on your ground a little, it seems rather hard and somewhat uneven. Good footing is very important for working a horse. A lot of things can go wrong with hard or slick footing.
If you watch your videos again..See how you lean to the inside when you're turning the barrel? You don't want to do that, that can throw your horse off and you may lose your balance. You want to lean out away from the barrel with the top half of your body. Keeping your seat centered and feet in the correct position but leaning your top out to keep your horse steady.
Your hand position isn't really bad but you need to keep your hands lower..You will have more control this way and it's the correct way to do it..If your hands are high in the air it pulls your horse's head up and you don't have as much control of his head.
He seems like a very willing little guy but something I would work on are your flexing and release, your rating, and helping him follow himself through in your turns..See how you both are losing forward movement in the backside of his turns..You want forward motion at all times around the barrel. Don't let him shut down back there. The leaning out I mentioned earlier will help this too...
My advice is to slow down, go back to trotting and walking the pattern. When rounding your barrels you want to have very good hand position, keep him flexing the whole way around, and teach him to learn how to follow his head with his body. This will help have cleaner turns and more consistency. Not just tugging his head around and hoping his body follows..which can lead to all of your wide turns..
Hope this helps...I could tell you more with your experience level and his..
Yeah, it is quite a big pattern but I looked up measurements for a regulation barrel pattern and that is what I came up with. If you notice my arena is HUGE so I just tried to fit it. I had the pattern smaller and he didn't seem to do as well so I expanded it out.
I have been running barrels for a few years, I did barrels in high school for our equestrian team. I did them on my TWH so it was more of lets see how fast we can get around the barrels not so much as to doing it right. I mainly did fun shows, fairs, things like that. We did pretty well but I am sure it looked aweful funny. This year I decided I wanted to get a good horse and actually get serious about barrels. I have been riding horses for 20 years so I kinda do my own research and training.
As far as my horse I have had him for about 4 months and when I got him I was told that he had some barrel training done already. For the first few months I did the walking and trotting around the barrels and thought it would be ok to pick up the pace a little. He knows the pattern by heart, I don't even need to steer him around the barrel except the second one he tries to go back to the gate some times. I am sure he had "some" training on him but not a whole lot.
No I don't have a trainer.
The ground is a bit bad, I just bought the house in NOV so I haven't had a chance to condition the arena. The previous owner didn't take very good care of it. I don't push him in that arena just because the ground is rather hard. I am planning to till it up and rake it to make it sandy.
I think my hands are in a bad position because my horse has a SHORT neck and I think my reins are a little too long. What do you think? Should I get shorter ones?
He does go around the first part of the barrel very well, sometimes he gets way to tight and then he doesn't want to finish through the second half of the barrel.