Rate issues and 2nd barrel issues!
Hey everybody! I have been working on my AQHA mare I have had for about a year now. When I got her she was not really what I would call "broke" or "trained", more like green. Basically, you could throw a saddle on her and have no steering or breaks. So, I had her put into reining training with Stacy Westfall methods. So, now she has an excellent slide stop, turns on her haunches and forehand, bends, and real sensitive. She got put onto barrels probably about 8 or 9 months ago. Well anyways, to get to the point, I have a trainer work with me Mondays and Thursdays and she has said she is ready to add speed. Well, she is a push style horse it seems like so far but not telling yet, she used to rate down about 10-15 feet before our 1st barrel and come off with ONLY a lope and wouldn't speed up to second and then to 3rd, she would run there and run home. So, my close barrel racing friend and trainer suggested spurs and my whip. Well, she hates the whip and if I kick and whip, she slows down. Once I tryed spurs, she was perfect all through the pattern except going to 2nd. So any suggestions on drills or anything I can do to fix it? I'm not asking for some big gallop, all I'm asking out of her is a bit of a faster lope. To clarify, she utd on chiro, teeth, and vet. She isn't a bleeder, we already ruled that out. So any opinions would be great.(:
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