Squirrely on the straight n narrow
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Western Riding > Barrel Racing

Squirrely on the straight n narrow

This is a discussion on Squirrely on the straight n narrow within the Barrel Racing forums, part of the Western Riding category

    Like Tree1Likes
    • 1 Post By franknbeans

     
    LinkBack Thread Tools
        03-02-2013, 06:45 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    Squirrely on the straight n narrow

    I have tried all my geldings show tack on him. Its gorgeous! He did very well doing the pattern today, minus a barrel though :( It went missing. Lol
    He is a little squirrely on the straight lines, but that went away after practicing it over and over.

    Any suggestions for me tomorrow on helping with his squiggly lines?
    I know once I got him good and warmed up and gave him alot of figure 8's, gate changes and diagonals he stopped doing it so much.
    Thanks in advance.
         
    Sponsored Links
    Advertisement
     
        03-06-2013, 10:02 PM
      #2
    Foal
    Just do lots and lots of slow work until he gets it. Then build up faster and faster. Don't let him go crazy (; And when you come off the barrel, drive him STRAIGHT forward. Arms out, keep him under you (:
         
        03-08-2013, 10:19 AM
      #3
    Green Broke
    What are you doing to WARM UP your horse before you begin pattern work?

    Some horses need a long warm-up before they can actually focus on what they are doing. My horse Red always gets a minimum of 1 to 2 miles of normal riding to get some of the silly out of him so that he can focus on the job at hand. And certainly warming up with various exercises (spirals, serpentines, perfect circles, etc) can get your horse in tune to your body and legs.

    Also, make sure you aren't nagging on the horse too much when asking them to walk in a straight line. And what I mean by that, is don't try to correct every little thing or you may start to over-correct and cause them to be squirrley on the straight. Think of a car: You drive smoother and straighter if you typically leave the steering wheel alone and only correct with small, smooth movements when you need it. If you constantly moved the wheel to try to stay perfectly between the lines, you'd eventually start over-correcting your driving and wouuld start swerving. Does that make sense?
         
        03-10-2013, 05:30 PM
      #4
    Trained
    What we do is we have a a big gate and a runway (Like an alley) on our arena so we walk out, lope in straight, let the horse stop at the fence (Don't say whoa or pull back, just let them find it) then relax. Haunch turn, lope out again. Stop, trot halfway in, walk halfway. Maybe lope halfway then trot. Maybe lope, trot, then lope again. Just so long as it's straight. When you get in there, they relax. Pretty soon you can set them on any straight line calmly I've found. Also teaches them to CHILL when they lope in the alley.
         
        03-10-2013, 06:47 PM
      #5
    Trained
    When I am doing my straight lines in reining, it helped me a lot to quit correcting, trust my horse, keep my eyes straight ahead, focused on something in the distance and ride him between my legs. The more I try and correct the worse it was. Sometimes we looked like drunken sailors.
    beau159 likes this.
         

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
    Message:
    Options

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Password
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Password:
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:

    Log-in

    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    Narrow or Underweight? Lexiie Horse Nutrition 18 10-09-2012 10:24 PM
    So my saddles too narrow.. Chuckface Horse Tack and Equipment 1 02-04-2012 09:50 AM
    Is my saddle too narrow? BaileyJo English Riding 12 09-20-2011 01:48 AM
    Would this arena be too narrow? Lonannuniel Barn Maintenance 2 11-29-2010 04:25 PM
    Does this saddle look too narrow? EpicAnomaly English Riding 1 08-06-2010 11:47 PM



    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:31 PM.


    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0