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    07-25-2012, 11:16 PM
Critique My Run !

Thanks, guys . (: This is Hotspot, my soon to be 14 year old mare and I practicing . I know her 3rd barrel is terrible so any advice on that would help cause putting my leg on her isn't helping . ):

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    07-25-2012, 11:23 PM
I think you need to go back to basics with her and practice turning, stopping, etc. at slower gaits before you put her on the pattern again. Make sure she listens to you when you ask for a particular lead and doesn't switch several times before she settles on the one you asked for, and make her be patient and wait. Don't let her get jumpy before the pattern, and if she does, walk her around until she settles and try again. On the home stretch, maintain an easy canter like you had through the rest of the pattern and don't give in and let her run.

If she bows out to the side like that, stop her and sidepass her over to where she needs to be. Don't let her get away with being crooked, and make sure you're not giving her confusing aids with the reins.

She's a cute mare and seems to enjoy her job
    07-25-2012, 11:31 PM
She isn't really listening to 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 faster. She isn't focusing but instead rushing and going where she wants.

Make sense?
    07-25-2012, 11:43 PM
I do a lot of slow work . Usually just let her lope through at the end . I alway work on bringing her to the barrel, stopping and turning her hips in . A lot of what I do is what I learn from watching videos of like Sherry Cervi and Fallon Taylor .

I'll definitely try everything you said though, thanks for the advice ! (:
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    07-30-2012, 12:01 PM
Ditto to BRLvr.

The only other thing I want to comment on is your "arena" ground. You have no footing whatsoever. It looks like a hard slab of dirt. I understand having to practice in what you have to practice in, but if nothing else if that was my practice area, I'd be out there with a hoe or a shovel, digging up the dirt around the barrels at least. Or hauling in some dirt. Either way, it makes it aweful hard for you horse to learn how to dig in and turn on her hindquarters if she doesn't have anything to dig into.
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    07-30-2012, 02:11 PM
Get a trainer....and sand/dirt hauled in to your arena.
    08-03-2012, 12:21 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by beau159    
Either way, it makes it aweful hard for you horse to learn how to dig in and turn on her hindquarters if she doesn't have anything to dig into.
This.. Your horse isn't using her hind end at all.. Like in the other video, creating that "pogo" movement. Her hind end could possibly be sore from running with bad footing which is maybe why she is swishing her tail and looks so uncomfortable in your newer video.
    08-03-2012, 12:27 PM
Green Broke
Shes just running and not listening to you one bit.

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    08-04-2012, 02:34 AM
That is a major lot of drifting and bowing....

Can you leg yield at the canter, haunch turn, sidepass, forehand turn, and counter arc with a "yes ma'am" attitude?

You might also try some all lefts and all rights to help her stop anticipating...

Otherwise, ditto what BarrelRacingLvr said.
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