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    07-24-2011, 04:27 PM
Barrels advice?

As luck would have it, my B.O.'s daughter left her barrels out and in position the other day at the barn. I decided to see what my boy would do if I showed him the pattern.

Wonder of wonders, he did not balk and did everything I asked him to do. We walked them a time or two and then trotted the pattern a few times. He did great and I am so proud! We had been working on his turns, doing stretches and building his muscles for months, and I thought we MIGHT work on barrels some day.

Well, now I'm wondering. He seemed to really enjoy himself, and I know I did.
So, my question is... Where do we go from here? I would like to keep him at it, if possible, although we've had to ride at night because it's been so hot lately.
I don't want to make him sour to it.
How do I go about moving forward?
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    07-24-2011, 04:50 PM
Green Broke
Practice loads of slow work get him supple and responsive to you at the slower speeds first then when you feel he is ready push him a little faster. Something one of my barrel trainers taught us is we never run home when practicing instead we go around the last barrel and to the rail
    07-24-2011, 05:03 PM
These are the same things I have been reading in articles. Thank You! I just wanted some input from live people, ha-ha. I've heard to keep things pretty slow while practicing at first. Thank you again, for your reply! I'm sure I am going to have more questions as we progress!
    07-24-2011, 05:06 PM
Green Broke
Well feel free to ask! Haha I am in the process of training my mare and we are just now pushing to add a bit more speed to her. Another thing to remember is use your legs to push him over and round his rib cage when going around or to another barrel. And don't push him till he shows he is ready :] good luck!!
    07-24-2011, 11:24 PM
Ah, great tip! My B.O.'s daughter is also working on speed with her arab, sometimes I think we should trade because my boy has a definite need for speed, haha! I will keep working, and for sure be bugging you in the future! Thank You!!
    07-24-2011, 11:29 PM
Green Broke
Haha sounds good feel free to message me whenever. Oh I was training an arab a few months back biggest issue I had with him is rounding around the barrel But speed he had nooo issue with haha
    07-24-2011, 11:30 PM
Green Broke
Oh one more thing when coming into your barrel bump him up to remind him to slow up set up and get on his butt :]

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