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post #1 of 4 Old 06-10-2012, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Need pole bending tips!

There are so many barrel racing sites that have pages of tips for whatever you need but never any for poles.
I have trouble with th end pole turn.
I get confused with what I should do to prepare for my turn while still trying to change leads.
Do I make a bigger pocket? Do I slow down earlier?

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post #2 of 4 Old 06-10-2012, 01:38 PM
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In poles, my horses naturally switch to the correct leads. That comes from years of conditioning and sidepassing through poles.

I would not be so concerned with the correct lead. But, I would be concerned with a good stop.

Does your horse know how to rollback? This is the KEY to poles in my opinion. You should be able to stop your horse and turn them around immediately, as smoothly as possible.

This is NOT the best video to go off of because I hit a pole. LoL. But, look at her turns. I make sure to give her a good pocket but once she plants her butt for around the turns, she's basically just moving her front end to complete the turn. She is only inches off the end poles when we are doing our full turns.

It takes a long time to get a good, consistent pattern. I make sure that they are going good and understanding. Once I feel the horse can handle a little bit more, I start to carry a popper crop with me (one that makes a loud pop sound) and once they make the turn, I'll pop them once and get them going again. They usually will shoot forward again. I only do that if the horse is getting "hung up" or lazy in the turn as an incentive to get moving again.

And then I start adding speed. Once the horse can run a good pattern with strong turns, I'll ask them to pick up the pace. But not before that...

I really hope that BubblesBlue posts on here with her poles run from the muddy race a few weeks ago. *wink wink* She is amazing in poles and could offer some great tips.

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post #3 of 4 Old 06-10-2012, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Those are great turns!
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-11-2012, 12:04 AM
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I just saw my name. I have to help now. xDDD

In all reality, it was my mother who trained my pole horse! Him and I are about the same age! D
I could ask my mother for some training tips and I can give some I know as well.
As for the end pole, what I do when I'm just practicing, I really use my leg, pick up my inside leg and push him far away from the pole and then go around it twice, first wide then close, so then they get the idea to rate it. I'll tell more later because I'm still burnt out from state.

Here's the muddy rodeo!
and finally, this is my pole run that got me SECOND in the 2nd go around in state! I admit over running it but that's because he was running so fast and feeling so good that he didn't want to shut down. When a horse does that, it's better just to safety up and sit early. I was just different because of my adrenaline at state...

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