Originally Posted by PandaPaintPony
I have recently been working with my horse on barrels for about a month now. We trotted the pattern for weeks and just started cantering. She will canter the 2nd and third barrel, but not the first. She will start trotting even if I push her. She has no health issues. My saddle fits. I make sure I bend her and get her stretched and warm her up both ways. Any tips?
Check your pockets coming into the barrel make sure she has enough room to move around it, also make sure she is on the correct lead and when you come into the barrel that you are pulling on your rein upwards instead of over top of the barrel. This should help ya fix that problem I had it with my first barrel mare and it was because I threw her off balance coming into it by pulling my rein over the barrel instead of picking her shoulder up n moving her out n around it. Good luck Posted via Mobile Device