The best way to ruin a GOOD barrel horse is to run them around the barrels for practice. It takes about three trips before a horse knows the pattern and after that it's just a little finesse that's needed. You need to get your horse to yield front and hindquartes and break at the poll. Practice simple and flying lead changes doing figure eights. Trot diagonals and do some two-tracking or half-passing untill you get good control of every part of your horse. And stay away from the barrels except maybe twice a week. You will be suprised at how well your horse does.
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