Barrel Racing Question
Hi everyone so my question is, I have a Quarter horse mare who just turned 4 who has been in extensive barrel training since July, she is coming along nicely and will "run" a great pattern...at home. I took her to her first barrel race this past weekend (11-10-12) and she acted like she had never even seen a barrel, she has run the pattern in three different arenas at home indoor and out, but totally flipped there. I expected her to be nervous and by no means perfect, but I'd really like to know what I can practice at home to prepare her for an actual event, as we have our next race 12-1-12 and I would hate to have her act the same way again. She was great with the other horses, intercom, arena, people, gates etc she was just terrified of the actual barrels? Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated!!!