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Kelsie1 02-16-2013 01:03 PM

Here's my barrel racing video a few of you were wanting to see
Here's a video of what my horse has been doing at the first barrel! You see the second barrel doesn't look to good either but I fixed that and haven't had a problem with it in my last 4 runs, this video is about 6 months old I didn't have a recent one-

bhorselover 02-18-2013 05:16 PM

You need to first off go back to the basics walking her through the pattern then trotting then loping. Walk up to your barrel and at the beginning of ur pocket stop her back up 2 steps or so then turn your barrel. You also can do this at a trot and lope she doesn't understand the pattern yet so you need to work her nice and slow and work your way up faster.

OneFastHorse 02-18-2013 06:19 PM

Take the spurs off.
Stop doing a bunch of circles.
Get that horse checked for soreness.
Get his teeth checked.
Get a good chiro out to work on him.
Check saddle fit.

If all that gets done/checks out, then move on to:

SLOW WORK - walking and trotting the pattern with correct body position. Look up some Dena - one smooth motion videos on youtube.

SorrelHorse 02-18-2013 08:02 PM

You were here before too, weren't you? Is this the same account of a new one on the forum?

I remember that video very distinctly.

BarrelRacer23 02-18-2013 09:22 PM

So do I Sorrelhorse, it was under a different username
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Kelsie1 02-18-2013 09:32 PM

Yes lol I haven't been on in forever and I forgot my username and password

AriatChick772 02-18-2013 11:20 PM

First things first, take those spurs off! That horse is obviously not ready for speed and pushing her faster will only exacerbate the problems.

Go back to the basics: leg yields, arcs, walking and trotting a proper circle. Get that horse walking and trotting perfect circles, with her nose tipped inwards but continuing that forward movement before you ever attempt loping. Also get her vetted, teeth checked and chiro work. I definitely wouldn't be running her when she's blowing off, and most definitely wouldn't be spurring her and pushing her when she can't even turn properly.
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On that second barrel you can see that you're pulling back fairly hard on both reins too. Be careful with that, it's hard for a horse to turn when you are pulling back on both reins.

Good luck, keep us posted.

Remember, a good foundation is key, and slow work, slow work, slow work!

GamingGrrl 02-18-2013 11:23 PM

Go back to a walk, do drills and patterns and lots of SLOW work, and I think a trainer would benefit you.
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SorrelHorse 02-18-2013 11:36 PM

As everyone else agrees on, slow work. I would like to see how you ride slow with those spurs, but I don't think you are ready for them yet at the moment just by that video. Spurs are for refinement, not speed. Never for speed.

bhorselover 02-19-2013 12:01 AM

Hey can u guys please critique my barrel practice? Its titled "is this better" under barrel racing. thnx

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