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        10-26-2008, 12:51 PM
    Yup, that's why you just don't run them every time then they still have to focus on you because they don't know whether or not you want them to run or just jog.
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        10-26-2008, 10:14 PM
    How many times do you usually go over the pattern every time you ride? Wether it be walk,jog,loping,or running it
        10-27-2008, 07:11 PM
    It all depends on the horse, my horse never got revved up, so I could do it all day long.

    But I would say walk it for a little until they have it down pat.
    Trot-down pat.
    Lope just until they have some good turns.
    And run, only at shows.

    Not even an hour of pattern work.
        10-29-2008, 06:00 PM
    Don't focus on doing the pattern so much. You don't want her to just forget you're up there and start doing the pattern herself. She needs to listen to your cues, not just make some circles. Like Harlee says, do arena work. Before you do anything, make she is conditioned though. I do a lot lengthening and shortening strides. I lope circles, asking him to lengthen and strenthen at the four "points" of the circle. I don't know about other people, but I do a lot of dressage exercises with him too. These are PHENOMENAL for helping barrel horses. All sorts of lateral work, bending,pivoting, haunches in flexing, collecting, and I sometimes through in groundpoles. You want to keep them fresh, so only ride the barrels a few times a week or maybe once a ride. Do walk to lope transistions without the barrels. Make your horse change from all gaits normally. Once she can do all this, then work on the barrels. If you just keep walking her in a cloverleaf, she's going to hate it fast.

    Hope that helped.
        10-30-2008, 03:03 PM
    I agree with S_D
        10-31-2008, 10:29 PM
    Yeah...we do need to work on the conditioning a lot more.the only problem is I can only get out there once a week...or twice maybe.bc I can't board her anywhere else..maybe ill just stick with a trail mare..bc I don't think this is going to work out very well. :(
        11-03-2008, 09:13 PM
    Yeah, It may be safer to not try to do anything serious with the barrels if you can't get out there very often. It's very hard on horses and conditioning is extremely important.
        11-04-2008, 11:14 AM
    I think that you should start out with trotting your horse around the barrels. And when you do, Make you horse circle them a couple of times each. You know, to get him used to you being in control. I think you should try a crop but don't use it right away. Use the spurs that you have and if those don't work, then use the crop. After you have him trotting through the pattern then try loping/cantering him through it. It takes time so be patient.

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