05-03-2012, 11:15 PM
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Wow. Just...wow. Your horse has no idea what he is doing in that video. You need to back off and go back to slow work or your going to ruin him. Every single turn was a disaster. The 2nd barrel, he nearly took out. The 3rd barrel was extremely wide. And the first barrel...I don't even know what to say...
I know that's very harsh. But it's so easy to ruin a barrel horse. And that is the last thing you need or what.
Stop running him and go back to walking and trotting the pattern. Learn about a pocket because your horse has no idea what a pocket is...Therefore, he has NO idea how to turn.
You are giving him mixed signals. "Go, no wait don't go, go faster! Stop!" Your kicking him to get him to go, and when he does, your jerking on his mouth and slowing him up.
What type of bit are you using on him? He is totally evading it.
And...take the spurs off. You don't need them.
I think it'd be wise for you to get a trainer to help you bring him along or find a horse that's already a seasoned barrel horse and knows his/her job.