Originally Posted by NewHeart
I think you are headed in the right in direction, I do agree with Onetoomany that sitting deep is going to help you make that turn. My old mare was really strong coming off her first barrel, I had to learn to sit deep, yet move with her at the same time. If that makes sense? Sitting deep is going to help you steady your body, better securing your seat. As far as your training goes, for your future horses it may be a good idea to start forming your pocket right away, instead of running past to the fence line. This way you are teaching them right off the bat where they need to be setting the turn vs. having to go back and re-teach them. I hope I made some sense, good luck to you.
Well I started barrel racing a couple years ago and had to teach both myself and the horse I was riding. Naturally I'm going to make mistakes. I know now the problems with how I started him and have fixed most of his issues on the pattern.
The only really bad one is him wanting to jump out into the pocket at the third barrel to early so you have to think "straight" the whole way to the third, then about two strides before the barrel, let him jump out. I think maybe you were confused on what I had said. I finish the barrel out by continuing on the the fence. So far I've noticed that this is the BEST way to teach the third barrel. I never have a problem with any of the horses I ride wanting to bow out on the third because I teach them to finish it.
Oh and, just so y'all know... Between the second and third... I didnt have my outside on the reins (which is where I believe y'all thought I was pumping my hands and catching his mouth) I was just slapping him on the neck. Lol... I don't quite have the coordination to reach back for the over under. And I DO NOT pump with my hands. I DO NOT pump with my hands. That is my number one pet peeve ever! Lol
Now, I am catching him out of the third because I'm getting left behind. And I am pumping my upper body too much coming out of the third. Mostly because this horse wont run hard unless there's an open alley way...or at the very least a pattern that's a normal size. Haha.
But I'm still having trouble seeing me not sitting deep enough. Do you guys have any video's of what you mean. I'm a visual learner.