Originally Posted by AriatChick772
I would normally agree Beau, but with this horse, when you aren't pushing him if you don't arc him he'll take your knee off on first lol. I'll get some better videos this week, maybe today. He's a cool horse but completely different than my other barrel horse. He's got some awesome turns and the only time we knock a barrel is when I ge in the way and pull it down with my knee lol
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Does he respect your inside leg if you try bumping him with it to keep him off that first barrel?
Have you tried counter arcs away from the first barrel to reinforce keeping his shoulder up on the first?
Does he still have the same problem on the first barrel if you run it the opposite way?
It's fine if you need to make particular adjustments for the individual horse to run his best, but I guess the point I was just trying to make is that you won't have your fastest run if you have to arc to the first barrel, especially in a narrow, small arena. Straighter is faster. And he should always respect your inside leg. And personally, I like to try to slow lope my pattern the same way I am going to run it.