Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Utah, United States
I am attempting to train two horses on barrels as well and they both have the fire, but don't understand that the point is to go fast. Other than working on using their hind quarters more, what can I do if they refuse to gallop even with gentle encouragement from spurs or a riding whip? They will gallop on the trail, but I am training in a circle arena, could that be it? They cut the barrels fine, but with these two animals I don't have a ton of space due to owners arrangements. Help!?
P.S. Conditioning is just fitness. If a horse gets tired after two laps of trotting, he is certainly not going to be able to run a barrels course easily.