Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Somewhere in WA
She isn't really listening to you......at all.
What exactly do you do when you practice her? Do you do slow work or just fast?
I would do some single barrel drills and get her turning the barrels properly and not drifting. So spirals and more spirals, and make her stay the same distance around don't let her weave in and then back out at certain points. Do that at a trot and lope, no faster.
Do some Figure 8s too.......and make her circle the barrel a few times then when she feels good and relaxed let her go to the other and keep her lined up straight and not like she is doing. If she feels out of control keep loping her around the barrel until she relaxes and smooths out.
And when your working the pattern I would make her circle the barrel 2 or 3 times so she does them correct and also is paying attention to you. Then I would stop her on the backside when your pointed at 2nd, and move her over a couple steps so she is lined up then let her go. Cause she is swinging her butt, bowing, and just all over the place.
Also when she is going around the barrels she is like a dirt bike with the front brake stuck....she isn't using her hindend at all. So get her collected a bit off the pattern and work on walking, trotting, loping circles correct and keeping the hip engaged.
When your doing your drills stay about 5ft all the way around and keep a good forward motion. Like I said above if she feels out of control or like she isn't paying attention keep loping or trotting her around it until she is relaxed and isn't trying to do what she wants. Same when working the barrels if she is bowing out and going where SHE wants to MAKE her trot/lope around the barrel how YOU want to until she is listening then make her go straight down the arena at a trot...no faster. She isn't focusing but instead rushing and going where she wants.
Conformation is how far the horse CAN go,
Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.