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post #1 of 26 Old 10-18-2010, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Smile What way?

I started with the right barrel in shows.
In practice I do both, but I like the right barrel first so some weird reason.

What side do you start with?
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post #2 of 26 Old 10-18-2010, 05:10 PM
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I would start with the side that my horse runs best on. If the horse runs better by starting on the left side id start on the left.

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i would start with the side that my horse runs best on. If the horse runs better by starting on the left side id start on the left.
The horse I use for shows I think his faster on the right but I'm not 100% sure.
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My current horse runs better to the right so I run him to the right.
My mare ran better to the left so I ran her to the left. :)
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If I rode barrels, I would start on the lead my horse was worst on, because then he would have 2 turns on his better lead.

But I don't ride barrels...so it is all in theory!

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If your horse goes to canter out in the pasture or on the trail or something does he normally pick up his right or left lead first? If he's more comfortable on his left lead, then go to the right first. This way you will have only one turn on his right lead and two on his left. However, my horse likes his right lead better and I still run him to the right first because he just runs better in that direction. He has no problem picking up either of his leads. Whatever direction she runs best just stick with that in shows. I think that it's still a good idea to occasionally practice different directions though.

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My mare and old gelding run to the right. I've never had to run a horse backwards (left) so hopefully my colt will go to the right. Most horses are left handed so they run better to the right.
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My mare and old gelding run to the right. I've never had to run a horse backwards (left) so hopefully my colt will go to the right. Most horses are left handed so they run better to the right.
So if a horse goes with his left first, you right lead?
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I go to the left first, for some reason I'm more comfortable starting out with a left turn. I don't ride the barn's barrel racer enough to figure out what her side is.

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post #10 of 26 Old 10-18-2010, 05:48 PM
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My mare and old gelding run to the right. I've never had to run a horse backwards (left) so hopefully my colt will go to the right. Most horses are left handed so they run better to the right.

How is there a backwards way when running to the right or left is acceptable? I would also suspect that like humans, some horses are righties and some are lefties. Where did you learn that most are lefties out of curiousity?

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