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post #1 of 6 Old 04-16-2014, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Critique?

Hi, I was wondering if anyone could critique my practice rounds and maybe offer some help and advice where you see fit :) I started my gelding on barrels back in June of 2013. The first video is from January 5, 2014 and the second video is from April 12, 2014. I think my horse is doing pretty good but when I start adding more speed he does not respond well and just flies by the barrels. Any friendly advice would be greatly appreciated!

P.S. I'm not running flat out on grass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q07k...qwMgZEaZ5-T2hA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itx_...qwMgZEaZ5-T2hA
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-17-2014, 01:39 PM
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Your horse has good rate and stop, this is a great thing! But I'm seeing him bend to the outside around the barrel. When he makes his turn, he tips is nose to the outside. You need to get him to bend around the barrel. Less steps, and less steps equal less seconds.
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Your horse has good rate and stop, this is a great thing! But I'm seeing him bend to the outside around the barrel. When he makes his turn, he tips is nose to the outside. You need to get him to bend around the barrel. Less steps, and less steps equal less seconds.
Thank you! I'll try some exercises and stretches to get him to bend around the barrel
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post #4 of 6 Old 04-17-2014, 06:47 PM
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There will be others who have a different opinion that I do, but I will NEVER NEVER lope a barrel pattern on grass. NEVER.

I was simply slow loping my horse in this video freeze frame and look at how much he needed to dig into the dirt.




Grass is slippery and grass does not give your horse ANY traction whatsoever. They have nothing to dig into.

Anyway, that's my soapbox for that.


Video from January

You have no bend in your barrel turns. He body is straight.



You need to help him more. In order for a horse to turn a barrel properly, they need to be bent in a circle, from nose to tail. Like this:


Also, when you left the 3rd barrel, your horse was on the wrong lead. The video is too blurry to tell what happened during the turn. It could be that he is not using his body correctly, so his feet got messed up. Or it could be the ground you are asking him to lope on (grass.....). Or he could be sore somewhere. Usually that's when horses will swap leads, or be on the wrong lead in a turn.

Right now, your pattern looks like you are just happening to be turning 3 times around 3 cans. It doesn't mean like your horse is connecting what he is supposed to be doing.

April Video

I'm guessing your horse broke stride around the first barrel due to poor ground and due to no bend in his body (and not using it properly).

You ride nice and quiet. But use your body and your legs to cue him. Your inside leg should be pressing his ribcage outward, while your outside leg keeps his hip inward and underneath him. Use legs, legs, legs, and get him using his body correctly.

I would read over this barrel sticky if I were you. Lots of great info in it.
Barrel Racing Exercises and Drills.
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Yep...beau took the words right out of my mouth :) So I second everything she has stated (as usual lol!)
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-18-2014, 10:51 PM
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Right now, your pattern looks like you are just happening to be turning 3 times around 3 cans. It doesn't mean like your horse is connecting what he is supposed to be doing.
Couldn't have said it better. He really looks lost in what he's doing...

Lift your inside hand when you turn the barrel. Put some inside leg on him and get him BENDING around that barrel! Other than that, looks good. Agree with all the advice above :)
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