I'm seriously thinking about doing barrels with my mare in the future. There's not much other competitions in the area she can compete in except timed events, and I'm not much into roping right now. So I want to start her on barrels and poles.
I do have a trainer (my BO) helping me out some so I'm not totally going at this alone. But I'd love to practice barrels by myself when I get the chance.
I have done barrels with her before, but mostly for fun. I want to learn how to really do it correctly so I can get the best time and make it easy and enjoyable for her. Any info on what to do with my seat, hands, when to make the turns (important in my case, I don't judge turns well), etc would be more then appreciated. I'm going to do it at the walk about a hundred or more times before I even think of 'racking' or cantering them.
One more question. Should I pattern her? My BO says you should never pattern a horse because you want them to not expect anything and always look to the rider on what to do. Although this makes sense, I've heard a lot of pros saying it's good to pattern a horse so it really knows its job.