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post #11 of 17 Old 05-05-2009, 02:02 PM
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Snaffle will work perfectly fine.
Still curious to see how you have been training.
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post #12 of 17 Old 05-05-2009, 06:43 PM
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I love snaffles. I just feel like I can have a lighter, more responsive horse with the bare minimal :)
Glad to help.

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Oh yea sorry about that, I was a bit busy.

Well this is a re run of our training, I starded walking him in circles around trees when we where just riding then we started trotting that but didn't take it faster then a trot. So then I introduced him to my barrels....cones I was just riding him around one and he seemed very good at walking,troting,cantering around the one but when I asked him to ride more then one he wouldn't "hug" the barrels.

I still didn't get a chance to try the inside rain outside leg yet, so I will let you know how that goes soon,

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Oh yea sorry about that, I was a bit busy.

Well this is a re run of our training, I starded walking him in circles around trees when we where just riding then we started trotting that but didn't take it faster then a trot. So then I introduced him to my barrels....cones I was just riding him around one and he seemed very good at walking,troting,cantering around the one but when I asked him to ride more then one he wouldn't "hug" the barrels.

I still didn't get a chance to try the inside rain outside leg yet, so I will let you know how that goes soon,
Ok, I suggest working, not on barrels, but on control. Get control of that shoulder. A good barrel pattern will come with that.

Usually, what I've seen, is that when horse's are introduced to barrels too quickly they tend to get frazzled about turning...anticipating, not staying collected. They tend to focus on "omg...I have to turn" When that happens they usually will lose the frame they need. Whether it be throwing out a shoulder, a hip, or everything.
Break it down for them. Trot them until all you have to do is sit down at the barrel and lift your hand 3 inches or less for a turn...and I mean executing a flawless turn. Once that is established, move on to a lope/trot...etc.
Just work on getting your horse confortable on the pattern. Speed comes with time. Slow work should be perfect...not ok, because when that horse speed up...things go from ok to oh $hit.
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Personally, I don't like the whole tree, cone, drawings in the dirt, approach. I like to have barrels set up if I'm running barrels. Yes, it's good to practice turning around things out on the trail and such, but if I am teaching him a barrel pattern I prefer to have the pattern set up. Personally, I don't find a horse that is learning the barrels makes the connection between a tree and a barrel.

Like BuckOff suggested, you want to get control of him without the barrels before you add the barrels to the mix. Like she said you should have a perfect turn, you should also have a perfect pattern at the walk before you ask for it at the lope.
Ride the same pattern every time. Be in the same place at a walk as you would want to be at a gallop. You want him to learn where he will want to be. If he is hugging it too much, and you can't get him to pick up his shoulder and move his body to where it needs to be, he's going to hit the barrel.

Just some more to add to what BuckOff said. :)
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post #16 of 17 Old 05-10-2009, 07:14 PM
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Some very GOOD advice here,Another thing you can try, is run the barrels in a oppsite direction. Left brain right brain.
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post #17 of 17 Old 05-11-2009, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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alright thanks alot, I can't wait to try some of your advice with him. Although one thing I do do with him, this is not training him for barrels but it would help (not sure though) and we both enjoy it is. There are two hedges in a paddock I ride him in and the two hedges are in line with each other and we ride around them the same way you ride around a top barrel.

Its more of a fun game then anything because he seems to enjoy it.

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