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    07-16-2013, 07:28 PM
If you are looking for a good place to start training your horse on barrels here is some advice,,,,,,
You should first walk your horse around the barrel pattern at a walk, an each time you get to your rate stop your horse and make her stand for about 5 seconds, and the reason why I say that is because that way your horse will feel comfortable around the barrels and when you start loping or galloping, your horse will know to slow down and make the correct barrel turn. With this advice you will have a horse that should make the correct fast turn, and get you some good times on the barrels.
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    07-18-2013, 07:54 PM
Ok thanks every body for the advice! I hope to look into a trainer maybe.
    07-18-2013, 09:39 PM
Originally Posted by QHriderKE    
Make sure you have a good foundation on your horse - a good trot, lope, stop, response to seat and leg, soft in the face and bendy through the body, then you need to do TONS of SLOW work. This thread has a lot of good places to start.
Barrel Racing Exercises and Drills.
This is what I was going to say great advice. To many beginner barrel racers start with way to much speed.

Good luck with your horse
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    07-19-2013, 12:20 AM
When you do have a good foundation and you and your horse are ready to start with the barrels you should keep the pattern at a walk until he's used to it, then try it at a trot and see how he does. That's what I did with the TWH that I had and he loved to do barrel racing. You don't want to start out really fast though.

Hope you and your horse do good.
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