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post #1 of 8 Old 06-16-2014, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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I was wondering if there was any ground work i can do that would help with barrels? She gets kinda hot when she sees them. I'd like to do some excersizes off the saddle so that sen doesn't get in a routine. Let me know some ideas! Also, any training tips for barrels IN the saddle would be appreciated too!

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-16-2014, 05:03 PM
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One thing that would be incredibly beneficial for you to work on is shoulder movements. I see so many barrel racers neglect teaching the horse to pick up their shoulders. It's allllll about going fast. Well, its not.

When a horse doesn't understand the concept of picking up it's shoulder you'll knock more than you wont.

I suggest counter bending. It's a great exercise to not only teach your horse to move it's shoulders, but also to re-direct their mind and keep them calm.

EDIT: This would be done while ground driving.
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post #3 of 8 Old 06-16-2014, 06:20 PM
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there is a sticky in the barrel racing section for drills
you could look through that for ideas that might fit your situation

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I would recommend a lot of riding without barrels. Work on developing strength and flexibility, especially in the horse's hind end. Work on balance. Work on shortening and lengthening stride. Work on both leads and flying changes in balance.

I heard of a girl who asked a trainer if he would teach her how to barrel race. He said, "Yes, but realize that you will not see a barrel in the arena for a year."
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post #5 of 8 Old 06-16-2014, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I do races at a 4-h show nice a month and I'm not letting her run the pattern at home or she over thinks it.. I'll look into all these.. Thanks so much!:)

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post #6 of 8 Old 06-17-2014, 06:16 AM
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I'm not a barrel racer/trainer for barrels but I have seen a well known trainer deal with a problem like this. All too often, when training for barrels, the horse is taught to run when there are barrels. What he did was make the rider walk the horse through the pattern many times. Then trot a few times and then back to walking.

Also, he had the rider go around only one barrel at a time and return to the start before the next barrel. That gets them better at listen to what the rider wants instead of doing what it thinks you want.

Personally, I would also have barrels set all over the place. The horse is just associating that the barrels mean to run. Horses are creatures of habit. If you always have the horse run the pattern and only have barrels around when working the pattern, of course they will be ready to run when they see them.

There was a girl at a stable when we first got into horses. She just got a new horse that was very well trained. He would stand still as long as you wanted without being tied. She always wanted to run with him. Several years passed and she started to settle. She went for a ride with us and complained that she wished she could go on just a nice leisurely ride but her horse wanted to run now. Also, he wouldn't stand still anymore. Again, they're creatures of habit. What you do with them is always training them. Whether good or bad.
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post #7 of 8 Old 06-21-2014, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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I've started doing serpentines with barrels and just trotting the barrels and not letting her run home.. I will definitely try doing one barrel at a time!

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post #8 of 8 Old 06-21-2014, 05:42 PM
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Raised poles would help with strength and stride length. :)
Maybe stamina training? Sprints for quick bursts? These could be done on gallops or fields. Stamina on roads. Lots of trotting for muscle and stamina.
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