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post #1 of 11 Old 05-22-2012, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Right or left barrel first?

Which one do you go to first?
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-22-2012, 04:54 PM
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you can go to both but what i do and see most often is the right one....
But like i said it doesn't matter which one you go to first which everyone works for u and your horse.
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-22-2012, 04:58 PM
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Most of my horses have gone to the right first, but rebel went to the left. It all depends on the horses preference.
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post #4 of 11 Old 05-22-2012, 05:07 PM
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I see that Fallon Taylor takes her horse Baby Flo on either barrel. I've seen them win going left first and I've seen then win going right first.

My heading mare likes to go right first because:
a) she sucks at turning right
b) as a heading horse, her left turns are naturally stronger, so why fight it?

Now Squiggy, she turns right better, so we go left first, but I'm sure I could go either if I wanted.

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post #5 of 11 Old 05-22-2012, 05:10 PM
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most horses ive ridden go right but my two new ones, i will go both ways and which ever is easier and faster for them is the way we will be going!
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post #6 of 11 Old 05-22-2012, 05:32 PM
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I usually go right but one of my horses does left =)

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post #7 of 11 Old 05-22-2012, 05:39 PM
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Avalanche: Left
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Nutmegg: Right
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post #8 of 11 Old 05-22-2012, 06:00 PM
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Selena runs to the right first. I've been thinking about taking her to the left every now and then though, just because. She's a strong turner both directions.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #9 of 11 Old 05-23-2012, 10:48 AM
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^^^ I think switching it up like that is great, cause it always seems the more random things you do, the harder it is to sour your horse.
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post #10 of 11 Old 05-23-2012, 01:06 PM
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I start all mine to the right first but if I feel they are struggling or would work better I switch them. BB and Scrat go to the left first and all the others go to the right first.

I recently switched Scrat to the left because I was fighting him with 2 barrels and so I was told to switch at a clinic and everything just was as smooth as ice since then.

Conformation is how far the horse CAN go,
Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.
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