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    05-19-2009, 05:59 PM
So I guess I wont be riding my horse today... its hailing!!! Ugh! I did try it with a horse that I have in training. To keep putting pressure with one leg until he moved off of it and it worked. He now knows how to move his hind end off my leg, so it gave me some encouragement to try it with my horse. Hopefully tomorrow!
I hope mother nature lets it be nice for once, I've been waiting for summer for so long..
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    05-20-2009, 09:01 PM
NOTE: I have not read all the posts so if this was already said then im going to say it again lol.

I get tighter turn by looking at the pocket.

Pole bending tips:

Make sure your horse does not fish tale

Use alot of leg cues.

Thast pretty much it lol
    05-20-2009, 09:13 PM
Originally Posted by morganshow11    
NOTE: I have not read all the posts so if this was already said then im going to say it again lol.

I get tighter turn by looking at the pocket.

Pole bending tips:

Make sure your horse does not fish tale

Use alot of leg cues.

Thast pretty much it lol
If you mean looking at the pocket by looking at the ground, this is incorrect and many riders tend to do it (Often by mistake). You should always look where you want your horse to be with your eyes up.
    05-20-2009, 09:15 PM
Oh, I always find it easier for me to look at the pocket, but for some not.
    05-20-2009, 09:27 PM
You can look to the pocket as you are running towards it, but you should ALWAYS be looking where you want to go and your eyes should ALWAYS be up. If you look at the ground, your horse is likely to drop a shoulder and have other complications.
    05-20-2009, 09:32 PM
Yeah I look at it wehn im going to it, btu wehn I get there I look at the barrel. Sorry for the confusion
    05-20-2009, 09:34 PM
You should be looking to finish out the turn, then to the second barrel. Again, not the first barrel as that will bring your horse into the barrel and you will probably knock or have a sloppy turn. (Not sure which barrel you were referring to)
    05-21-2009, 02:36 AM
Big thing- NEVER look at the barrel. The whole concept of turning a horse is it going to where you are looking. The weight of your head will naturally and unconciously follow your eyes and your body will unconciously follow your head. By looking at the barrel you will, in effect, be steering your horse into the barrel. I've seen way too many riders make this mistake and most of the time they have sloppy runs and/or they knock. I personally like to look where my horse's inside feet should be falling but up (if that makes sense) and then around the backside of the turn I start looking for my next turn.
    05-21-2009, 11:52 AM
Exactly what I do, onetoomany
    05-21-2009, 07:58 PM
I need to practice rounding out my horse and making a nice turn. I think I'm looking in the right place. I did notice before that I was looking too far down and have changed that. I still need to make her more responsive to my legs and stuff but that'll come. I was sick today so I didn't even go to work. I think I'll double work her tomorrow.

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