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post #11 of 14 Old 10-21-2010, 12:02 AM
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work on rate. go back to the walk and trot and stop and back up at every barrel. she needs to realize the only reason you should half to do more than ask her to turn is if she is in trouble.
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post #12 of 14 Old 10-21-2010, 12:11 AM
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I wouldn't even be on the barrels at all right now except to maybe use to bend around. I wouldn't introduce a barrel of any sort (on or off pattern) until she was solid w/t/c in an empty arena. Once she can do this, I would add the barrels and do figure eights and run them wonky.

I don't want her to be thinking about anything other than me and I've found it's easy for them to distract to the barrel even if you aren't running them. The exercises suggested with the barrels are helpful but I wouldnt be doing them just yet.
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post #13 of 14 Old 10-21-2010, 02:39 AM
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I would only use two barrels when I started loping a horse during barrel training. Figure 8 patterns. It teaches them their flying lead changes, too. But, as everyone has said, start slow and work your way up. As someone said: when you add speed, all the horse's "bad" training (or lack, thereof) will show. Not saying you've trained the horse badly, just saying anything you missed will become visible. If your horse can't bend in a snaffle, it probably hasn't been taught to give to pressure correctly. If you just skip over that and add a leverage bit, such as the tom thumb, you are getting pressure in all new places. Without understanding the basics, the horse may result to grabbing up the bit and saying "Hell with it!" ;] Moral of the story: snaffles are wonderful and will supple up your horse and give you a nice, flexible, softly responding horse. Do lots of transitions, lots of bending, and don't ask for too tight of a circle around those barrels until your horse is supple. Good luck! :]

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thanks for advice everyone!
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