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post #1 of 3 Old 11-16-2012, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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So, none of my horses had seen a barrel pattern in about... 4 months prior to this, but, they had been rode chasing cows and a couple times just doing "flatwork" so to speak.

Peanut, the sorrel, had been team roped off of in that arena, and I wasnt expecting her to shut down and try to turn before the barrel as bad as she did, so our first run was garbage, but in the second run, I tried to be more aggressive and get her past the barrel, but she's a stubborn old coot, so next time, I'm bringing a quirt with me to get her past the barrel.

How do you think I did? I realized I was riding VERY forward on Peanut and it looks dumb, but she just wasn't going!!

Oh, and didn't Squiggy do FANTASTIC? (I should have gave her a bigger pocket, or a pocket at all on the first and second barrels...) Hehehheh. I lurve my big ******.

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post #2 of 3 Old 11-16-2012, 05:44 PM
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Peanut first run: On the first barrel, it looked like you sat much too soon and gave her the cue to rate. Second barrel was a bit better, but I'd still push her farther. I'd really over-exagerate it right now to help break her of the habit. Turn the barrel deeper than you would like to, to get her in that mindset. Make sure you watch where you are heading, from the second barrel to the third. You really, really drifted. Keep that straight line from barrel to barrel. Make her finish her turns. Third barrel, again, looked like you dropped your weight a bit too soon, which is where she bounced in her stride to rate. Again (you already know this) but push her deeper in the turn.

Squiggy first run: Yup, definately a MUCH bigger pocket on that first barrel. You always want to give them more room at slower paces because they are going to suck up that space when you add speed. Make her FINISH that first barrel. If nothing else, circle it twice. She didn't really drift on it, but she's going to if you don't fix it. On the second barrel, again push her deeper. Also, she turned in on her front end so you really want to make sure you drive her deep in tnhe turn, and you get your weight balanced so she can keep that hind end dug in. You may have to do some circles away from the barrels to teach her to engage her hind end, and not spin around on her front. And on all the barrels, I want to see a distinct signal to the horse to RATE. You should be in a forward position between the barrels, and when you want the horse to turn (or just before that moment when they rate) I want to see your weight sitting in the saddle, very obviously. And I want to see your body mirror that by cueing for the turn. Right now, I don't really see a distinct solid rate/turn body cue. And actually, on that third barrel, you went into your pocket a bit WIDE. Go in a tad closer to the barrel, and a whole lot deeper. Look at a point in the dirt PAST the barrel that you want to go. Do not look at the barrel. If you look at the barrel, your horse will go to the barrel (and shoulder into it.)

Peanut second run: A little bit better, but watch your turning hand on the first barrel. YOu turning hand is up in the air, asking her to turn, well before you should. Push her deeper before you lift that inside hand to ask for the turn. Coming up to the second barrel, you are turning her head to the outside to make her hold off on the barrel. That's a no-no. It will let her shoulder in to the barrel. Instead use your inside rein and your inside leg to keep the bend in her body for the turn, while pushing her away from the barrel to give you a larger pocket. Legs, legs, legs! And again, from 2nd to 3rd, make that STRAIGHT. Don't leave the 2nd barrel early and drift.

By no means horrible for not seeing the pattern for 4 months . But work on pushing deeper into the pocket and giving your horse a distinct rate/turn cue at the proper time.

And yes, you can use a quirt if you need to drive them deeper into the pocket before turning. But it's also useful to do some SLOW work on exaggerating your pockets, or even turning them away from the barrel instead of turning (keeping the turning bend in their body ... a counter arc) so they do not anticipate the turn, and turn only when you give you distinct cue.

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post #3 of 3 Old 11-17-2012, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
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Awesome! Thanks!

Squiggy uses herself much better when I ride her in my Jr. Cowhorse. I was just using a snaffle that day... I was clearly unprepared. XD

I did a second run on Squiggy and let her go, and there WAS a distinct rate cue. I didnt want to haul on her mouth, so I just sent her to her pocket and kind of yelled "whoa", sat deeeeeeeep and stuck my foot into her. She handed that like a champ.

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