09-29-2008, 10:56 PM
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It all really depends on the horse you are training...
Its more complicated than it looks actually I don't even do it right but then again I do it to sharpen my horses skills not for competition
Um...you need to teach your horse to move off your leg, I think that is what its called, when you touch one foot to his side he should move to one side, like if you touch JUST your left foot your horse should turn to the right, in a clock wise circle, and then right to the left, this is so instead of having all the control on the head you have some control of their feet, say if they get too close to the barrel you can tap them with the inside foot to have them take a step out to avoid hitting the barrel, lol
Also what helps is to have your horse flex, to work on this you just have your horse stand still and pull his nose to touch your knee but not to much to where he is in pain as far as he can go and this helps them to bend around the barrel for a faster barrel and a safer leave for the next.
Circles, just random circles at various speeds to help the horses understand what they have to do in a turn that sharp to execute it safely and effectivly. Figure 8's are a god send lol those help alot so the horses are working on both the right turn and left turn at the same time
I know im forgeting so much more there is alot to it, but like I said it all depends on the horse you are training. You can go to a rodeo and try to catch one of the racers there or see if you can track down a trainer and ask your questions