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    04-29-2011, 12:16 AM
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Foal
Just starting barrel racing, need some tips.

Hi! I and my horse, Flower, are just starting to train barrel racing. I have a barrel on the Farm and I was thinking I could maybe use that as a barrel to walk around?

I've been thinking walking her around myself around the barrels is a better idea than just jumping on and trying. You know, walking her first to get her familiar with the barrels?
I posted this to see if I was a bit correct, and also, if you have any tips, they very appreciated for me! As I am also new to riding, but not new to horses.

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    04-29-2011, 12:44 AM
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Green Broke
Before You even start with the barrel I would do alot of slow work, flexing exercises, bend and release, and just all around getting her VERY fine tuned to you doing these things..good exercises to work on are long trotting, turning rensom things around your farm like ant hills (to work on flexing and having a good round turn around something)..just remember to keep it slow, you don't want to rush her into it or she might hate it and get sour..after a while of doing this you can move on to other things..Hope this helps..keep us posted..
     
    04-29-2011, 11:48 AM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by DrumRunner    
Before You even start with the barrel I would do alot of slow work, flexing exercises, bend and release, and just all around getting her VERY fine tuned to you doing these things..good exercises to work on are long trotting, turning rensom things around your farm like ant hills (to work on flexing and having a good round turn around something)..just remember to keep it slow, you don't want to rush her into it or she might hate it and get sour..after a while of doing this you can move on to other things..Hope this helps..keep us posted..
Thanks! I'll make sure to do this first and keep everyone posted.
     
    05-04-2011, 10:26 PM
  #4
Foal
Lots of flexing & bending! A good barrel horse needs to be flexible, not just for a good time but for safety as well. When going faster (canter & run) be very sure to sit deep in the saddle & make sure the horse slows before you get to the barrel & turn. I made that mistake the first time I cantered them. The horse fell & I came off Everybody was fine & we got right back on and did it again. Just don't do it too often, or the horse will sour & hate it doing it, especially if you really push them. But it's SO much fun & definitely worth it! Hope you enjoy it
     
    05-05-2011, 12:12 AM
  #5
Green Broke
Well, sorry to be WAY off topic..I noticed you were from Maryland?? I have to fly there next week for a training for my job..What is the weather like there?? I hate cold and need to know what to pack..

Sorry lol..It just popped in my head and I was like huh..I'll ask her..
     

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