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    08-12-2013, 04:57 PM
Green Broke
In our warmup, I lope her in a few big circles, and make them smalller and ask for more bend as we get smaller. She tries really hard for me at least.

In the first still, I was spiralling, and only bumping with my legs as she needed it, don't wanna babysit her anymore.

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    08-12-2013, 10:43 PM
Very pretty!
    08-20-2013, 02:41 PM
Green Broke
Heres a video from the 15th, I guess I could add it here.
    08-20-2013, 08:08 PM
Correct her when she throws her nose. Make her give laterally, or break at the poll, or something. The first time she did it was only 13 seconds into the video. She is MUCH MUCH MUCH improved in this aspect, but still make sure you correct her when she does it.

Over-exaggerated bending at the walk is GREAT!. Keep it up.

Do not let her cut the barrel on you. She did it the first time at 57 seconds on the backside, by increasing to a trot and diving on you. Keep that inside leg on her. It was good you circled it again to make her do it right, but try to catch her before she even does it.

At 1:12 she did NOT use her butt on that first barrel. She swung it around. I would have made her circle it several times so she engaged it. Right after that, she's kinda got her nose up in the air between the 1st and 2nd barrel. Nothing wrong with throwing in a random circle between the barrels to get that nose back under control.

At 1:38 when you get to your third barrel, it's like she has a sticky gas pedal where she dives into the turn, then slows. Then dives. Then slows. Try to keep her at a consistent pace, and keep that shoulder up the whole time consistently. I honestly probably would have made her circle it even a few more times to get her to even out.

HAHA, I like how your dog likes the shady spot on the 2nd barrel.

Loping at 3:34 .... is she sore on her hind end? I'm glad you made her circle her 1st barrel several times because she had NO bend the first time, but really watch her hind end. She keeps flip-flopping her leads on the back. It's doesn't look right at all.

Loping to the right was better, but maybe something just a tish off. Wonder if she has an issue with soreness????
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    08-20-2013, 08:39 PM
Green Broke
I doubt it on the soreness part - because in warmup she doesnt do that silly crossfiring stuff.

Its more of a balance thing. On our rides, I will lope a big circle, get her relaxed and moving out a bit, sit deep and grab onto her nose and tip it in, do a small circle and lope off just to get her using the muscles she needs to to turn a barrel.
    08-20-2013, 08:46 PM
I love how your dog waits at the barrel for you!
    08-20-2013, 08:52 PM
Green Broke
Yuuuup ots all great until you are riding a colt and a dog is hiding behind everything.
    08-20-2013, 11:58 PM
Well if you are 100% sure it is not soreness, why do you let her do it on the barrel pattern? This is kinda what I was getting at saying that I didn't think 2 weeks off the barrel pattern is enough. Yes, she has improved in that time. But if you can't get her to lope a nice circle in both directions, you are only teaching her bad habits on the pattern.

What do you do before you work the pattern? Last year with Red, I'd take him a good 2 or 3 miles trail riding / conditioning before working the pattern so he was focused.
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    08-21-2013, 01:13 AM
Green Broke
In the two week break, she was getting her leads right away.
I don't have eyes on the ground and its really hard to tell if a horse is crossfiring on the back end without eyes on the ground. I've tried to get my mom oout to be my eyes, but she's hopeless when it comes to leads.
    08-21-2013, 02:58 AM
Try feeling it as much as you can. When in doubt, come to the trot and pick it up again. If you can't feel her hip swinging out, she'll keep doing it (She's done it on the barrels a lot) and maybe just kinda lightly "talk" to her with that outside leg on her hip. Just a light calf touch that says "Hey, stay in that lead."

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