I'm starting my (almost!) 5 year old horse on barrels.
I been working just on cantering to the barrel, and then trotting around.
He's still very uncoordinated, and can't quite canter and do a sharp turn around them yet, without him just slowing down to a trot, or almost falling over.
Any tips for exercises to work with him on?
I've never started a horse before, let alone on barrels, and want to make sure I do it right. I have worked with a gal from my 4-H group, who told me about the 3 feet space you give the barrels, and we trotted barrels this year at fair (as a beginner rider, you can only trot them, and will be disqualified if you go into a canter for more than three strides). He's doing pretty good, but I'm trying to get him ready for this year (we have to canter!) and I need some help. :)
Any advice/exercises are great!