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post #1 of 5 Old 01-04-2014, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Barrel & Pole Critique :)

So I've been barrel racing since I can remember. And in the past three years I've really worked on improving my barrel runs. I am riding my mum's pure Morgan gelding, and I do realize he's overweight. He likes food. I am riding him in a Sharon Camarillo Tender Touch bit. He can do all the basics and imo, he has no holes in training, but I'm sure someone will tell me otherwise... I would just like some critique on our runs and some advice on what to do to improve them. Thanks in advance :)

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post #2 of 5 Old 01-06-2014, 06:30 PM
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For an over weight Morgan he does well!
One thing I noticed as soon as I watched your video is around your turn you keep two hands on the reins and sit forward in your seat. Since you go to the right barrel first practicing taking your left hand off the reins in the right turn, holding the horn and sitting deep in your saddle. Same with the left turn, just switch hands.
On the second turn, you looked nice. You took your hand off the reins, but your still leaning forward on his withers through his turns. Sit back on your rear, push your heels down so you can balance yourself and also if you need to use your feet you have your legs ready.
I can't really see your third turn.

On poles, you can really either hold the horn, or keep both hands on the reins and grab mane with the outside hand. I find it easier on faster pole horses to keep both hands on the reins. That way you can have them there since they normally begin weaving on their own.
There's not much I can say about your pole run besides try practicing slower with moving his haunches out while weaving. You two look great.
Also while weaving, instead of pulling his nose to weave, try pressing with the outside rein and either moving his butt away from the poles with your inside leg or yield his shoulders in with your outside leg after your knee is past the pole.
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-06-2014, 06:43 PM
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Actually, I'm not going to say anything bad about this horse at all. I really like him and think he has a great foundation on him and his turns are very good. He is consistent. Sure, he's not the fastest, but he is darn good at it.

You have done very good with him.

I do think you need to RIDE him and push him more. Your sitting up too straight and to "perfect" for speed inbetween the barrels. Lean forward, give him his head and push him for more. (Like you are when your running home) He clearly is a good horse.

"Ride it like you stole it" would be a good quote for you.

Excellent job with him.
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-07-2014, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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I made the mistake of holding both reins while turning first... Working on fixing that... Also working on really teaching him to sit when I sit and then pop up as I do. Thanks for the advice :) Definitely gonna ride him like I stole him!
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-08-2014, 01:57 AM
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Even though I cannot offer much, I would like to say, one cool horse.. and if you work him harder, he will slim down and become faster :P
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