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        05-17-2009, 08:16 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    I've practiced her alot at the walk and some at the lope. I've practiced with only one barrel, and that seemed to be when I could get the best turns out of her. Maybe I'll take a video of monday, and a video of later when we've practiced them for a bit. I'm so scattered in her teaching right now because I'm going from western to english to western. I do alot of different things with her and my coach was thinking of putting her into our schedule in the mornings so that we would actually get to work with her. I can't wait! I will try to teach her how to sidepass and maybe do rollbacks.. would that help? I'll really try barrel racing week.

    Does anyone know how the placing is for the polls for poll bending?
         
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        05-17-2009, 08:24 PM
      #12
    Trained
    Sidepasses are great for barrels.

    Poles are I believe 21 feet from the timer with 6 poles each 21 feet apart from eachother.
         
        05-17-2009, 11:23 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove    
    Sidepasses are great for barrels.

    Poles are I believe 21 feet from the timer with 6 poles each 21 feet apart from eachother.
    Yup to both.
         
        05-18-2009, 12:43 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    Haha I think I only put mine about 10 feet apart. I'll have to change that!
    I suppose sidepassing would help for pollbending too so I'll really have to get her doing that good.
    How do you get you're horse to learn to move her but off ur leg. I've had trouble teaching her this and sometimes I do get it but then its like she forgets. I need a more constructive way, a way she'll remember and react good off of.
         
        05-18-2009, 12:48 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    How have you been training her thus far?
         
        05-18-2009, 10:27 PM
      #16
    Trained
    My cue to move my horses hind end is to bring my heel probably about an inch or two behind the girth and put some pressure there (usually a tapping pressure). I put my weight more in the side that I want him to turn from.
    This is something you should get her familiar with before you worry about your barrels. Once you have all this boring stuff out of the way, it will be a lot better with the barrel.

    At first she's not going to know what you are asking but just be persistent and release and really praise when she takes a step in the right direction.
         
        05-19-2009, 12:45 AM
      #17
    Weanling
    I tried exactly what you said... and she just doesn't respond to it at all. She's very dead to the leg, so most of my cues come from my hands.
    I tried barrel racing and frankly it went horribly. Not to mention I hadn't worked her in a week so it probably wasn't the smartest idea. I got like one nice trot around the barrels and then I quit and did some loping. I really need to work on that boring stuff.. lol. Its just I do it all day, so when I finally get to ride my horse its something I don't wanna do but obviously need to do!
    Yea I really sound like a horrible trainer when it comes to my horse. I really have to try harder.
    So my plan tomorrow it to teach her how to move off my leg! Sounds like a great idea. I hope my coach will be able to help me. Lol.
         
        05-19-2009, 12:47 AM
      #18
    Trained
    Youre not horrible its not as fun as barrel racing but it's something that you have to do. Try to resist riding with your hands though. You're not going to have effective turns if you can't keep her body round. If you have to, go on the ground and teach her to move off of your cues with your hands on her side where you would ask her with your heel.
         
        05-19-2009, 01:28 AM
      #19
    Weanling
    The way I start teaching horses to move off leg pressure in the beginning is by using circles. I'll first look in the direction I want the horse to move then I'll apply outside leg pressure and if the horse hasn't started to move off by then I'll pick up my inside rein. Once the horse starts getting the concept I'll either use more pressure for a smaller cirle, lighter pressure for a larger or a release for them to continue in a straight line after they've turned. After they get the whole concept of moving away from the leg then I'll start to move my leg back to specify for hips, add inside to get them to lift their ribs away etc. Don't know if it's the best way but it has worked very well for my horses. I don't know if this is how basic you need to get or anything but that is how I introduce leg pressure to green horses or horses who haven't previously known how to move off leg pressure.
         
        05-19-2009, 11:22 AM
      #20
    Weanling
    Ok I'm suppose to be taking a lesson with another girl today we've showed and ridden together before, but then I can get my coach to teach me how to side pass. I think I'll try starting on the ground. I want her to learn how to cross over in the front and the back, making a side pass. I could make my goal being able to do spins, it would be fun (fustrating at first lol) but cool in the end haha.
         

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