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kershkova 03-14-2009 08:18 PM

starting 5 year old in gameing
I gona start outlaw with gameing ive doen some i trot with him when my friends are rideing there horses. i did a barrel patern in my lesson today to olney at a trot like the 2 year old. so do you think i could get awat with out a tie down just a nylon bridele with a snaffle and brest plat im geting or will i need a tie down too. also how can i get speed up in the lope hes kinda slow with that also how can i work with the spin in keyhole. i found out today he can slide like a rienner. i think his mothers side is starting to come out all of them a rienners his father is all wp & race horses.

Spastic_Dove 03-14-2009 08:34 PM

You can run barrels just fine without a tie down, I prefer it. Snaffle is great too. Usually a D ring or full cheeks. I use a D ring.
I have posted how to start a barrel horse in a few threads, if you look at the other posts from me, you should be able to find them. As far as speed, work on hills, different terrain, trot work...You want him to be conditioned as this will bring about speed. At this point, you don't want speed, you want round turns and everything perfect at the trot/slow lope.
Once he has this down, speed will come.

kershkova 03-15-2009 09:14 AM

im going to ride him in the fild after i ride this week because we want to know if he will be ok with a trail ride so that works out good for the hill part.

wild_spot 03-15-2009 07:09 PM

In regards to speed... You need him to be more responsive to your 'go faster' cue. I had to do the same with my boy when I got him, he was lazy as! I worked on the 'ask, tell, make' idea. I would first ask for a faster canter by gentle leg pressure and clicking at him. If he didn't respond, I would raise the strength of the cue to a stronger cue from the legs, a big push from the seat, and clicking. If he still would move his butt, I would flick the reins from side to side on his neck, to make a noise, growl at hime and do the other cues. Eventually they learn that if they obey the first gentle cue, they avoid the harsher cues.

onetoomany 03-15-2009 07:48 PM

As Spastic Dove said don't worry about speed right now. Just worry about accuracy. Get your patterns down solid get your horse turning in the right spots at the right time and get all your cues together and neat. After you have all that done then start bumping up the speed.

wild_spot 03-15-2009 08:53 PM

BTW I do agree, don't try to put any speed on your patterns yet. But I would start working on speed outside of that, get him responsive outside of a pattern before you try for speed in the pattern.

brookelovesparelli 03-15-2009 08:54 PM

i don't know much about gaming, but wild_spot does! Her gaming horse it the Best I love Wildey so much so what eva she did with him works :)

wild_spot 03-15-2009 08:55 PM

Ha ha thanks Brooke.

brookelovesparelli 03-15-2009 08:56 PM

welcome :D

NewHeart 03-15-2009 10:50 PM

Speed is something that comes with time. I would not be too focused on that at the moment, make sure you slow down and take the time to get it right. Keep in mind that it is going it to be a lot easier to train him correctly now, then it will be to go back and fix mistakes that were made along the way.

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