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        05-20-2009, 04:51 PM
    What are you doing during those two hours? What is your training schedule like?
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        05-20-2009, 07:24 PM
    Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove    
    What are you doing during those two hours? What is your training schedule like?
    it varies but at least 3 times a week I do trotting,canter up hills,and then do barrels
    Sometimes ill start in the arena and then go and do trails for those 2 hourse with no walking just trotting and loping
    And once every week ill do a rough workout with just loping and cantering and working on my one rein stops
        05-21-2009, 02:43 PM
    My question is how long are you practicing the pattern for? At four years old, your horse is still pretty young. Physically, your horse may be in great shape which is good. However, mentally your horse may not be ready for more speed. This is just my opinion, and everyone has their own, but asking too much now may have an end result of a sour horse later. It can also create leg issues later on down the road which won't benefit you or your horse.

    I think what SD and others have said is very good advice. Slow work really is key, and will benefit you a lot in the long run. Why rush it?
        05-21-2009, 03:01 PM
    To get my horse to go faster I grunt, it works!
        05-21-2009, 06:28 PM
    Originally Posted by morganshow11    
    To get my horse to go faster I grunt, it works!

    What?!? Like a tennis player grunt???
        05-21-2009, 08:56 PM
    No, I can't really explain it.
        05-22-2009, 07:32 AM
    At 4 years old faster is the last thing that should be on your list. Unless your heading down the road for futurities (which your not) I would not be pushing to much for "run". This is the precious time that you should be working on quality slow work. Getting that solid foundation on your horse so that you can have the CONTROL you need when you add speed. Barrel racing may have the word "racing" in it...but in reality it's not about the speed, it's about the control.
        05-22-2009, 12:56 PM
    You need to work on control. Obviously, even though you're asking for speed, your horse isn't listening. Go back to the basics. Do some groundwork, then do basics in the saddle. Get your horse light and responsive and where he'll move off your leg easily. THEN you can ask for speed.

    However, I must say that if your horse doesn't like barrels, he'll never be great at them. I don't like the idea of forcing him to do them. But if he likes them and is just not great... Help him get better. He may never be a 1D horse, but if he enjoys it and you do, just have fun and do the best you can.


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