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  • Lazy barrel racer
  • How to turn a lazy horse into a barrel racer

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    02-03-2012, 12:30 PM
Green Broke
I ment that 189 degrees he doesnt like it
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    02-03-2012, 12:32 PM
It sounds like he doesn't know what he doing when you are asking him to go around the barrel. It hasn't "clicked" in his mind yet to turn around it. But I would get a really good foundation under him before putting the pattern infront of him. It takes time, it could take a month or more to have a super responsive horse under saddle. And even that is with daily riding and someone who knows how to train a horse really well.

Do you have cones that you could set up? I would set those in a square pattern, one in each corner and go. I drew a really horrible picture that I'll attach so you can kind of see what I'm taking about. Just turn around those cones but down make it obvious what your going to do. Turn different directions. Instead of going in the same direction (clockwise) go counterclockwise, or cut through diagonally. Be creative and make it fun for him.

You can also do this without cones. Just walk around and randomly turn. But don't ask him to turn ontop of himself, just a nice wide turn will do until he gets the hang of it, then you can start asking him to turn tighter and tighter around himself.
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    02-03-2012, 12:34 PM
Green Broke
Oh no I understand thanks that really has helped!
    02-03-2012, 12:36 PM
Green Broke
And I should just do the "cone " exercise at A walk I would think right?
    02-03-2012, 12:59 PM
Yes at a walk. When he is responding to the slightest touch on the rein, move him into a jog/trot. And when I say the slightest touch, I mean like your pinky fingers could steer him. You should also be using your body to steer him and not just relying on the reins. And I wouldn't lope it unless there was a good distance between each cone.

When I do these exercises, I don't even need to use my reins. I steer with my legs.
    02-03-2012, 01:03 PM
Green Broke
Thank you and my horse sunny is like that. He responds to leg pressure. :)
    02-03-2012, 01:22 PM
Did you ever think that maybe barrel racing just isn't his thing? I'm sure that there's loads of other things that he'd excel at. Especially at nonprofessional levels, barrel racing can be a rough sport that just isn't meant for every horse.
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    02-03-2012, 01:40 PM
Get a video. Could be you or the horse
    02-03-2012, 01:58 PM
Mudpie the horse is walking barrels. How is the OP going to know if the horse is meant to be a barrel horse or not at a walk?
    02-03-2012, 02:04 PM
I'm simply suggesting that perhaps the horse's "thing" isn't barrel racing. As a horseperson who has both ridden in and observed barrel racing and other rodeo sports, I've seen some horses that just don't have the predisposition to be barrel horses and would be happy somewhere else.

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