Originally Posted by BigBenLoverforLife
So my gelding is in good condition, he just isnt getting any faster? I have seen this horse run really fast before, and I have ridden him at these speeds but he just thinks that when it comes to barrels, he dosnet have to try and goes really slow. If I whip him or kick him he crow hops and slows down more. So what should I do? Thanks.
I need some more information from you first.
1) How old is your horse?
2) How long have you been training him for barrels?
3) Have you had him checked by an equine dentist? Equine chiropractor? Equine vet?
4) Do you have a video you can show us?
Usually, most horses that are learning the barrels just take TIME to figure out that they can
add speed. Whipping and kicking are just annoyances to him (as you've clearly discovered) and don't encourage all horses to run faster. Some horses will run SLOWER the more you try to push them. Every horse is different.
Just because a horse can run fast in the pasture, free and by themselves, doesn't mean they have figured out how to run fast in an arena closed in by fences.
What are you doing with your body during the run? This is where a video would help tremendously. Some riders don't realize they aren't using their body languange correctly to encourage their horse to "hurry". Make sure you have your weight forward and up and out of the saddle in-between the barrels, and make sure you are keeping your hands up and quiet. No pumping chicken wings. (I have a terrible habit at that.)
Also, are you sure barrels are the thing for him? Some horse's simply do not like going fast on barrels. That could be a possibility that he just doesn't like it.