Need pole bending tips!
There are so many barrel racing sites that have pages of tips for whatever you need but never any for poles.
I have trouble with th end pole turn.
I get confused with what I should do to prepare for my turn while still trying to change leads.
Do I make a bigger pocket? Do I slow down earlier?
In poles, my horses naturally switch to the correct leads. That comes from years of conditioning and sidepassing through poles.
I would not be so concerned with the correct lead. But, I would be concerned with a good stop.
Does your horse know how to rollback? This is the KEY to poles in my opinion. You should be able to stop your horse and turn them around immediately, as smoothly as possible.
It takes a long time to get a good, consistent pattern. I make sure that they are going good and understanding. Once I feel the horse can handle a little bit more, I start to carry a popper crop with me (one that makes a loud pop sound) and once they make the turn, I'll pop them once and get them going again. They usually will shoot forward again. I only do that if the horse is getting "hung up" or lazy in the turn as an incentive to get moving again.
And then I start adding speed. Once the horse can run a good pattern with strong turns, I'll ask them to pick up the pace. But not before that...
I really hope that BubblesBlue posts on here with her poles run from the muddy race a few weeks ago. *wink wink* She is amazing in poles and could offer some great tips.
Thanks! Those are great turns!
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I just saw my name. I have to help now. xDDD
In all reality, it was my mother who trained my pole horse! Him and I are about the same age! :DD
I could ask my mother for some training tips and I can give some I know as well.
As for the end pole, what I do when I'm just practicing, I really use my leg, pick up my inside leg and push him far away from the pole and then go around it twice, first wide then close, so then they get the idea to rate it. I'll tell more later because I'm still burnt out from state.
Here's the muddy rodeo!
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