Originally Posted by 1RedHorse
I'm saying at any other arena, you wouldn't be able to make circles like that.
Plus, it's a bad habit. I do it on colts in exhibition barrels to help them catch their correct lead and settle them, but that's only at first.
I've NEVER had a hot horse act like that. I have horses that are ready to run, but not horses that act up in the ally. I do ALOT of hauling and exhibitioning on my barrel horses. I walk the alley and lope a circle or two in the arena, before and after their run. I keep it simple, don't over drill.
By doing this I've never had a horse act up. And if they do, it's usually bc they need injections or a chiro adjustment.
Sorry, but if that's the only way you can settle him down, you're asking for bigger problems in the future. The rodeo associations I do won't even let you circle in the arena.
I never been a show where I was required to start in an alley (At 7+ arenas). I mostly did Gymkhana and local rodeos where they were all set up like that. All of them required you either fully stopped or circled before you run. Absolutely no running through the gate allowed. This horse would probably not have the personality to be able to do that kind of runs, he is too self destructive, so I have always done lower key stuff with him. This horse has a very odd personality, and what I did worked. I introduced him poorly to barrels when I was young, in a sense I ruined him for barrels. I've tried to fix up his issues since then. By the end he was doing good, no temper tantrums and focused.
I no longer barrel race with him as we have switch over to english and he has been having some lameness issues. I feel confident that he would be able to calmly handle the situation if I did show again.