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    08-08-2011, 05:12 PM
Sitting back on hind end

I am training my 3 year old for barrels, and I was wondering if anybody had any advice for getting her to sit back on her hind end more when stopping, going around a barrel, ect.? When I stop her I always back her up a few steps to disengage her hind quarters, and I do the same when coming to a barrel. I have not pushed her past an easy lope on the pattern and I will not push her faster until I am sure she will use her hind end more. Anybody have any exercises we could do to help her with that?

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    08-08-2011, 07:28 PM
While I know absolutely nothing about your discipline, I did recently see a trainer on RFDTV training a young horse to do rollbacks so he could chase cows. He simply loped the horse along a fence line a few strides, stopped and backed up a few steps and then did a rollback immediately after backing up and resuming the lope the other direction. After only a few changes in direction, the horse was clearly sitting down more and turning better on his hind end.
    08-08-2011, 07:32 PM
I was wondering about rollbacks, but I was too afraid to do them with her because I didn't want her to fall, but backing up before doing the roll back should work! Thank you! :)
    08-08-2011, 07:35 PM
I don't know much about them either! The trainer did mention something about making sure you do them properly using your legs rather than pulling the horse's head around. Maybe someone on the western forum can help you more.
    08-08-2011, 07:46 PM
I do roll backs with the already trained barrel horse that I compete with, but he is already trained to sit back and stop. Yes, you do use your leg leg to push the shoulder around instead of pulling the head. We just to them as a warm up exercise for him. I did post in the western forum earlier, but nobody replied so I posted it here. :/
    08-09-2011, 01:40 AM
You barrel race, but you're afraid of your horse falling doing a rollback? Very strange and confusing.
    08-09-2011, 09:11 AM
Rollbacks are very goo to get your horse to use its back end,and if you don't have access to cattle we start youngsters with what we call dry work.imagine you have a cow on the fence,stop,and rock back using your opposite side leg to send him into the turn.

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