Originally Posted by Horsecrazy4
Lol I know that :) we don't or let our daughter. We go to a lot if shows and there is a trainer that makes her students do that.. Also we went to friends house to practice and she was there told my daughter to lope circles to go faster, my daughter flat out told her she wasn't and her pony can pick up speed and knows her leads :) lol never had her try to do it anymore
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If a trainer wants her students to lope a circle before starting, that's a different story than a finished barrel horse with an experienced rider. The riders taking the lessons may still learning to barrel race and/or one of the horses they are riding may also be in training.
I've never seen your daughter run and I was not there on this practice night you speak of, so I can't possibly guess why the trainer would suggest your daughter lopes a circle before starting the pattern. But maybe she saw something in your daughter's barrel run where circling before starting would indeed help in some way. I wasn't there, so who knows.