Originally Posted by ChingazMyBoy
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.