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Runninghot88 03-02-2013 07:26 AM

Confidence with Speed
Just a general question. Have taken a year and a half to slowly pattern my gelding and myself. Now this year its time to pick it up. Other than consistently running what are the keys to building confidence in adding speed? I made the silly mistake and tried to compete with those who were far more advanced than me. The only thing I succeeded in was eating dust, shattering my confidence, and going back to square one. But I know not to do that and am ready to step it up :) Also whats the key to letting your horse do his job (which he knows well) without interferring?
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CLaPorte432 03-02-2013 07:32 AM

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Honestly, the more you haul and practice, the more comfortable you will be with adding speed to the equation. I suggest getting a trainer because they can evaluate where you are, fix anything that needs to be fixed and be a mentor and "cheerleader" when your nervous about adding speed. After all, their job is to make you into a confident...capable rider.

Its great that youve taken the time to train your horse for the past year and a half. When a horse knows its job...the horse in confident in its own abilities and therefore will allow you to be confident in your horse.

And as long as your horse is trained properly, you should not have to interfere. There are times when you may need to but the only way youll know what to do and when is by reading your horse and having the experience behind you.

Example: You accidentally cue your horse to turn too quickly. You have to interfere and correct your mistake before the horse slams the barrel. Again...This will all come in time.
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Runninghot88 03-02-2013 07:49 AM

I have been working with my trainer for the past year and a half :) Oh believe me, I probably would have quiet a long time ago without her. Its just being able to put the trust in him to do his part and I do mine. We went to a show a couple weeks ago. Hasn't really been riding him and had no expectations and we pulled out best times in all of our runs.

Okay figured just hauling and working the pattern. Right now only work the pattern like 5x a month. Unfortunately, he doesn't need the work on the pattern its me. Too much to remember at the same time :)
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BarrelRacingLvr 03-02-2013 08:38 AM

What speed are you most comfortable with right now? That is the main question....if your comfortable at a high lope, take it to that next step. Probably a hand gallop....sorta like a high lope but your horse is extending and going a little faster, but not full out.

You just have to get to a speed, then slowly work at a little bit faster one and then stay there till your 110% confident and comfortable. Then do the same thing, find another gear your ready for and work at that one.

Not everybody is comfortable with going fast and you just have to learn to trust your horse. The TRUST aspect is a HUGE factor in the arena....if you can't trust your horse IN the arena you can't really expect him to do the same in a sense, because he is going to mirror you and judge your every move.

You also can't expect him to perform his best when your having just gotta get with him and be a team. Because that is what you and your horse should be, a team. If you aren't trusting your horse and worried, you've already ran your race before you even ran.

So get comfortable, and go enter. And you have to realize your not gonna be at the top JUST yet. You have to work your way up....when both of you and your horse get in a groove and are working as a team. THAT is when you will shine....

huntergrl 03-02-2013 05:31 PM

I say you can definately get there with practice, practice and more practice. We are showing this year barrels and this will be our horses first year doing this. He is a super confident horse and we have some quirks to work on. But I can see him improve with each passing day. We have been conditioning for 3 months now. Mostly it is going to be just for fun this year. I know we won't win, but we aren't in it just for that. Not saying you are, I just wanted to ease your mind on letting those faster horses/riders intimidate you. I come from the hunter/jumper world and I was always intimidated no matter how much training we got. lol

QHriderKE 03-05-2013 04:18 PM

Have you ever breezed your horse before?

Runninghot88 03-05-2013 05:01 PM

All the time :) We love to go fast. Just a mental block I am having myself. Need to just take him and run more this spring and summer :)
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QHriderKE 03-05-2013 11:35 PM

Dont just think run run run.

Just set off at a lope and ease him into a hand gallop, then let him really stretch out for a few strides and ease him back to a hand gallop, and then stretch out again, and go back down to a lope and cool down.

PaintedFury 03-06-2013 05:22 PM

Speed will come with practice and patience on your part. The great thing about horses is they really don't care how fast or slow you want to go, as long as they aren't all go and no whoa, at least. Your confidence in him doing his job will come as he shows you that he will do as he has been trained to do. Just remember to breathe, relax, and have fun.
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