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  • Suppling exercises for barrel horses
  • Barrel horse training exercises

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    06-27-2012, 10:43 PM

What are some good softening and suppling exercises? I am retraining my blown up barrel mare (well, she's not blown up anymore, I've hauled her a couple of places now ) and want to take her slow and get her soft. She is very bracy, but will give me her nose when asked, but only for a moment, and will fight me again. (I am going to take her in to get her teeth checked soon.) She counter arcs, backs lightly but slowly, will give me her nose and walk in a straight line, and lopes and trots nice circles (large and small). I know that if I just keep doing what I'm doing that she'll get better, but I want a few things for us to work on so that we aren't doing the same thing (circles!) all of the time. I know that I want to try Serpentines and (CA's) Cloverleaf Pattern/Drill (that one looks really good!). Thanks in advance.

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