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    09-18-2012, 05:46 PM
Green Broke
Question hows he looking?

Okay From this pictures can you tell if he is going into the barrel right? Can you tell anything from them LOL.. ANY input on my position that I should correct? Thanks

I know.. in 2 of the pictures.. it looks like im pulling on his mouth QUITE a bit.. Im bareback in both those.. so that's probably why...

I was only loping the pattern as well.. thanks:)
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    09-18-2012, 05:53 PM
Green Broke
MY HAIR LOL>> hahahaha
    09-18-2012, 09:03 PM

Well it looks like he is leaning a little into the barrel. That's a nono becase it can case a horse's legs to slip out from underneath him.

He looks like he's trying to get his legs down but he just can't with the ground.

I also don't like how he is gaping his mouth, because it means he is avoiding the bit. Which may mean a few things like you are putting too much pressure on his mouth, he dislikes the bit, or he has teeth issues. Or it could be a different issue.

I would probaby do better if there were side shots from a different point.
    09-18-2012, 11:44 PM
I agree with the leaning. You need to get his inside hind leg up under him and his shoulder to lift so he can balance into the turn. A lot of slow work and getting him to use his body right will help that. Going up to the barrel, stopping and pushing that hip in, and working that barrel several circles at a time like that while using your hand with a light bump to encourage the left and bend in the body without letting him lean.

Also agreed with the gaping thing. I may have said this on another video of yours but check his teeth. It may have just been a one time thing but I would really work on SOFTENING him at the poll. Obviously you aren't going to ask him to soften at a lope around the barrels but it will cause less resistance in the long run when you do go to race him.
    09-19-2012, 08:28 AM
Green Broke
THANKS:) I was hoping that you would put some information on here:)
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    09-19-2012, 09:39 AM
Green Broke
It's hard to tell much from still photos.

Maybe your approach into the pocket is causing him to lean. Maybe he's gaping his mouth too as you come up to the barrel.

There's a lot of variables to consider and it's just hard to "guess" at what may be going on when we're only getting a photo.
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    09-19-2012, 01:56 PM
Green Broke
After everything the others have said.. Can you post a video at all? That would be a lot better than photos.. I have a pretty good picture of me that I was able to still shot off of my video camera that is "looks" awesome but I CREAMED the barrel. Lol Point being, you can get a cool picture but really not be doing as well as it looks in the picture..

Lol Yeah..looks like a pretty good picture, okay turn.. BAM..Took that sucker OUT on the back side..
    09-19-2012, 02:22 PM
Barrel, you should post the video you showed me. I dunno if you got what I said in chat, but I said pretty much the exact things SorrelHorse did.

I actually reccomended the Dena Kirkpatrick video...
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    09-19-2012, 05:17 PM
^ Yes, Dena trains barrel horses that can turn like a SON of a b*tch.
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    09-19-2012, 10:05 PM
Also I've found circle work can work wonders on barrel horses. Work on getting him to lift that shoulder, soften in the face and Sunny looks gorgeous like always!

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