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post #1 of 3 Old 07-16-2012, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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Well i just started showing my new mare this year in the games, ( poles, barrels, jump figure 8, keyhole, stuff like that) I just started training her on them last year so for only a year of training she is doing pretty good but she is kinda starting to get to excited...
When we go in i collect her and do a circle then let her take off, but then she kind of takes the bit and just kinda runs, without fully letting me controle her... it's not to the point yet where its dangerous but just how can i get her off the bit so i can fully controle her?
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-16-2012, 09:52 PM
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Forget barrels for awhile. Work on something like reining, performance, equitation, until you get control of her.

Teach her to flex to both sides, and break at the poll and soften.

Ask her to step up into the bridle and break at the poll at the walk/trot/canter, to the point where you twitch a muscle and she softens to you. Work a LOT on counter arc circles and small soft circles going slow.

THEN go back to barrel work, start slow at the walk/trot for a few weeks. Then go to the lope again. If she tries to take off....Shut her down with a one-rein stop, take her into a couple counter-arc/small-arc soft circles to bring her mind back to you, then go back to the barrel and walk around it slow.

Oh and be sure you are in a snaffle.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #3 of 3 Old 07-16-2012, 09:56 PM
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By take the bit, does she brace against your hands, lock her jaw, and run forwards? Or drop her shoulder and run sideways?

Teach her a one rein stop. Make sure you use a snaffle bit. If you only do one rein stops for a couple sessions, you'll be amazed what it does for your horse's brakes.

Do a lot of lateral flexion from a stand still, both sides. Your horse's stop is only as good as his back, so practicing backing up with energy and getting the hindquarters under the body.

If she braces against the bit and runs forwards, don't keep pulling back. A horse can brace against two reins used at the same time, but they cannot brace against only one rein. One rein stop if he starts running away with you.

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