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post #1 of 3 Old 10-12-2009, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Barrel horse, not switching leads

So i have a 7 year old horse who from what ive been told when i got her has had some miles on her when it comes to barrels. When i do them with her i can tell she really loves it and she is really fast and goes tight around the barrels. But the problem is, after the first barrel she doesnt switch her lead to go around the second barrel, she slows down and trots around them. I push her to keep going and switch but nope, trot but after that barrel she goes right for the third one no problem. When i do figure 8s with her she switches her lead fine but it seems once i put an object for her to go around she cant do it, i was wondering if anyone had any advice on what i could do? Thanks.
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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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Kevin said it all. Check this out too: Flying Lead Changes, Flying Lead Change, How to Change Leads


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