Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: in the country, Kansas
• Horses: 0
since horses are a repetitive creature, the best way i know, is to walk the pattern for a couple of weeks, then trot for a couple, building up to a canter around them. by this time, the horse knows the pattern and should automatically do it.
we will (trainer and i) take the horse to the barrel, stop, backup, circle the barrel, and then go onto the next barrel. this teaches the horse to not overlook the barrel, or get too close to it. we do this first!! before the above paragraph. sometimes they will overshoot the barrel cause they aren't paying attention to it.
i've been doing barrels since i was 11 and i'm now 50. i've won some and i've lost some. but this is what i have done in the past, and will do in the future, when i start training tj in barrels.