08-12-2010, 12:13 PM
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Thanks you guys. As far as him putting his head down during the spin I don't think it will happen, he's been in two BIGish showing homes, which were his first two homes and he never spun with his head down for them. Iv tried to get it down myself and even that's a bit of an improvement, his last owner(my roomate) was a barrel racer that didnt know what she was doing with a reiner and blew him up pretty bad. Wont slide anymore, because she never used skid boots. And she spun him all the time so im sure he picked up habits from that. I don't think you can see it in the video but I have a martingale on him to reinforce his head staying low. Iv had him almost three years now and when I got him he was the typical barrel horse with a speed happy go lucky owner, head high, prancy and just wanted to run.
I do alot of bending exercises everyday, what would be a good spinning exercise? My exercises for him are to walk around the arena to the left once with his nose tipped in, then again around it with his nose tipped out. Ill counter bend him across the arena, then bend him in circles, going from big to small then back to big.
Im getting a lesson this saturday with an old trainer and shower of his, she's going to help me with him. I'll tell her what you guys said about his spin.