Originally Posted by BarrelRacer3
Ok so I have been working with my gelding on the pattern for about a year now!! I have been doing a LOT of walking and trotting, and he turns those barrels like a pro!!! But when I lope him he turns a perfect first barrel but on the second and third barrel he makes a huge arch around them and that is costing us time!!! I don't wan't to rush him I want him to turn those barrels right!! Is there anything I can work on to get him turning like he does on the first barrel? I have took him to a friends arena my arena and I have entered him in an exbidition run to and he does that at those places to!!
It's hard to say what's going on without seeing a video.
Most of the time, it's rider error.
Is he on the correct lead when he is going to your second and third barrel?
Does he listen to your legs, so that you could ask him to move over with your outside leg?
Is he turning on his front legs, instead of getting down and turning on his hindend?
Have you tried running the pattern the opposite way?
Is he over-bending his neck in the turns?
Are you getting him collected enough to rate for the pocket?
Are you going into your turn too tight, forcing him to come off wide to avoid hitting it?
Just a few reasons I can think of off the top of my head as to why he is turning wide. Again, that's simply speculation as I don't have a video of you to see what's going on.