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post #1 of 4 Old 05-02-2012, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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Switching Leads

Me and my mare Andie have been doing a lot of training this season for barrels and other barrel patterns. She's not getting around the barrel like she should though. She's goes pretty wide (wider then you should) and then cuts in tight to make it around the barrel.--My mom noticed tonight while I was riding, that she's not always on the correct lead when we start out which may be affecting our practice runs. I want to catch this early so she doesn't think she can stay on the wrong lead for the pattern.- I'm really hoping that we will be ready for fair next year! :)

What are some tricks to getting her on the correct lead? And switching leads as well?

Thanks for the help!

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post #2 of 4 Old 05-03-2012, 04:59 AM
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What are some tricks to getting her on the correct lead?
Ask when your horse is properly bending. Much higher chance of the horse getting it right.

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post #3 of 4 Old 05-03-2012, 10:56 AM
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Get her more 'broke'! If you cannot 'tell' her to depart in a particular lead, then she is not broke enough. If you don't know what lead she is in and if you don't know how to keep her hind end in lead, then both of you need more training.

It takes a lot more than just practicing running around barrels to make a barrel horse. You MUST have thorough control of the horse's shoulders, ribs and hips -- not just control of the direction its head is pointed.

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Actually what the horse needs is to be balanced. If the horse is not balanced, she will not be able to pick up or maintain the correct lead. You need to start on big turns - big circles and work your way down to being able to find the pocket and correctly turn the barrel.

I prefer to start the horse towards the barrel on the less dominate lead so they turn the two barrels and come home on the stronger lead.
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