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    01-09-2012, 01:22 AM
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Green Broke
my boy on the barrels

Well finally found a decent picture of him on the barrels :]. This is from our november gymkhana, even with him being a jerk all day he turned this barrel amazingly :]
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    01-09-2012, 09:39 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Nice!

I like your rider position. Hand low, body quiet, and sitting how you should.
     
    01-09-2012, 10:45 PM
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Green Broke
Thank you ! :] that means I have improved!! (here is the picture bigger hah https://plus.google.com/photos/10238...24732310007794) Haha I've always been a low quieter handed rider but my old trainer had us sitting far to forward and my new trainer has been drilling me with sitting haha plus he's so squirrly sometimes I get get set back a step and catch myself leaning in instead of sitting up -_- but I'm glad I've improved atleast a little bit :] just for reference this was last year different trainer and an obvious difference in both me and outlaw

     
    01-10-2012, 02:46 PM
  #4
Foal
Just some pointers don't gotta listen lol but from what I can see you look like your looking at the barrel, you want to be looking at your axis points and guiding him around the barrel, looks like your kinda pulling his head around, maybe try trot work to get him to get back into the position you want, once you get him guided around the barrel and hitting his axis points your going to have a wikid run :) I learned alot from what I kno from the Charmayne James book on barrel racing, great book, she talks about the guiding and your axis points.
And from the last picture maybe try to teach him to lift up his inside shoulder.
I hope I helped you don't have to take my advice but thought I would just give my opinion.
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    01-10-2012, 04:28 PM
  #5
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by CanChaser420    
but from what I can see you look like your looking at the barrel, you want to be looking at your axis points and guiding him around the barrel
For the first photo, I would agree with that, now that I look at it again. I have also read Charmayne's book, which was awesome.

Where you look, is where your horse will go (because your body language automatically follows your eyes). Therefore you do not want to look AT the barrel, because you don't want your horse to run on top of it ... right? Instead, look at 3 or 4 points on the ground around the barrel. These are the axis point of your pocket that you want to "hit" as you go around the barrel. Don't look up to the next barrel until you have completed the one you are on.

But there's a definate improvement from the picture from last year you posted.
     
    01-10-2012, 07:35 PM
  #6
Green Broke
That picture is really small so it appears Im looking at my barrel but I actually wasnt I was looking up and to my next barrel. He gets extremly head strong and was being quite a jerk throughout this run so yes I was having to pull him around a little but he is no where near a seasoned barrel horse haha. We do a ton of trot work and also those last two picture were from a year ago with a 'trainer' that basically trained me wrong on everything which my new trainer has had to undo.
He is quite a hot head to handle and is still learning this was just a gymkhana show and we are far from winning haha but I love that we are improving.
     
    01-10-2012, 09:03 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by beau159    
Where you look, is where your horse will go (because your body language automatically follows your eyes). Therefore you do not want to look AT the barrel, because you don't want your horse to run on top of it ... right? Instead, look at 3 or 4 points on the ground around the barrel. These are the axis point of your pocket that you want to "hit" as you go around the barrel. Don't look up to the next barrel until you have completed the one you are on.

But there's a definate improvement from the picture from last year you posted.
yes completely agree with the body language and position I kno I have a tendency to look at the barrel, getting better at looking at the axis points. My horse also gets VERY hot when running barrels so I kno what that's like lol. Usually have to get off and walk him after a run...
     
    01-10-2012, 09:12 PM
  #8
Green Broke
My boy is an angel before and after runs its literally just during it haha. He is getting better seems to like the bit I changed him to a whole lot better and I got a video of last weekends run but can not get it downloaded off my camera for some reason -_-. His first barrel needs a lot of work he likes to rush it so we I have to really drill him on that but this last run was a ton better no flaring just some head tossing.
     

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