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nessa1579 06-10-2013 10:43 PM

Get her to speed up?
 
I need help gettin my mare to run between the barrels. She will go blasting into first, but between the barrels she shuts down, practically only loping. She's running at the top of 3D with this fast lope thing, she can definitely go a lot faster! Any methods on getting her to run between the barrels is MUCH appreciated!!
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SorrelHorse 06-11-2013 12:16 AM

My mare does this same thing. It took a lot to get her to keep the speed.

What did it for me is giving her a whack with the stick or over and unde rout of the first barrel, then actually asking her to run past the barrel and keep running around the rail and go full out. It taught her she wasn't going to turn all the time, and that she wasn't allowed to rate unless I told her to rate. She had to keep running. Sometimes we'd turn, sometimes we'd keep running. It just depended on how her speed was.

soffechino123 06-11-2013 05:54 AM

I know what helps me with a horse like that is to use spurs as well. What I had to do was use a LOT of leg and use the over under or what ever you use and talk to her. But its also depending on how well trained the horse is in the subject as well.

nessa1579 06-11-2013 02:27 PM

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Originally Posted by soffechino123 (Post 2766954)
I know what helps me with a horse like that is to use spurs as well. What I had to do was use a LOT of leg and use the over under or what ever you use and talk to her. But its also depending on how well trained the horse is in the subject as well.

I do talk to her and she's very well trained, I can't use spurs on her because they only make her go slower. She speeds up fine on the way home and to first, between first and second is where it's worst. Going to third is ok, but not her best.
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BarrelracingArabian 06-11-2013 02:53 PM

Don't go to spurs they aren't for speed. My trainer also did the over and under thing on her mare who is reining trained and extremely ratey. That mare now boogies, I will also be doing this with the grey gelding I will be possibly buying from her, he gets lazy an I'm not used to having to kick as the last horse I ran was a free runner and you had to be super quiet.

huntergrl 06-19-2013 02:34 PM

I only use spurs because my horse needs a strong leg and I am still working on my riding muscles, so I only use them for a temporary tool.
I trained my horse to respond to my body position. He catches on extremely quickly so it didn't take very long to do. There is a video on it somewhere on youtube.
I started teaching him at the trot when I sit forward and also shorten my reins and slide them up his neck to give him the "go" cue. Then I would sit back and loosen reins and rest them right in front of my horn and say walk.
When he started grasping that I used it to transition from the canter to the walk, and with his canter it doesn't take much to push him into a gallop. If your horse is different you might have to quirk it a little.
But every time I position my reins/body he knows exactly what to do. I can raise my hands,shorten my reins and he is ready to take off. I had to use my spur to give him the idea I wanted him to start taking off from the first barrel to the second,etc.
I usually just search alot of pro barrel racer instructional videos on youtube until I find one I can relate to the most. All of them are pretty great :)

JustaSkippenJess 06-20-2013 04:20 PM

sounds like she is way anticipating her turns. Like a previous poster said, change up your exercise routines with your horse. Have her turn the first barrel like normal and bust her butt into second but don't let her turn the barrel. Also I have taken a few of my horse's out to a race track and let them breeze out a few times when they were having a hard time kicking it into that next gear between barrels. Just a thought.
Good luck~

nessa1579 06-21-2013 02:05 AM

We went to a HUGE pen today, (fastest time yet is a 19.2) and it helped her a lot. Hit a whole nother gear between the barrels when I really pushed. :)
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JustaSkippenJess 06-22-2013 05:06 PM

Sometimes when they are in smaller pens they feel a little constricted. I had a mare that was like this when we ran and she just flat refused to open up in a smaller/indoor pen. The big outdoor rodeo type pens she hustled. It probably is an experience thing as well. Sounds like she will build her confidence up with the more she is exposed!

nessa1579 06-22-2013 05:32 PM

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Originally Posted by JustaSkippenJess (Post 2865882)
Sometimes when they are in smaller pens they feel a little constricted. I had a mare that was like this when we ran and she just flat refused to open up in a smaller/indoor pen. The big outdoor rodeo type pens she hustled. It probably is an experience thing as well. Sounds like she will build her confidence up with the more she is exposed!

I feel like she thinks she's restricted, she's 13 and had been to just about every type of pen. We're running today and she shut down again.
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