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post #1 of 29 Old 01-26-2010, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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Pursuing Barrel Racing!

I am so excited to be finally in a direction of a sport. I am working with a trainer to get me up to par to compete in barrels. I am so excited! There is so much I need to work on, but I suppose I can't expect it all to come together in 2 lessons . Anyone have any tips/suggestions, things to remember or watch out for? I am a tall girl and I know that can work against me, and at the moment I have octopus arms lol, I need to control 'em. Anywho, I'm stoked!
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post #2 of 29 Old 01-26-2010, 11:18 PM
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That's awesome. Are you going to be doing it with Thunder or do you have a maybe.......faster........horse to work with? LOL. I love stangs but they aren't exactly the most fleet of foot.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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post #3 of 29 Old 01-26-2010, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Right now I am working with a reigning finished QH, just working on my position and learning the skills, then we will be moving on to finishing a QH/TB gelding that's fast like nascar ;)
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That's great. I don't have any tips cause I don't run barrels but I wish you luck. There is no doubt in my mind that you will be successful.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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thanks! I am just excited to have a goal. Riding western and learning reigning is so completely different than the dressage lessons I had last year! I have to change my habits from them! hehe
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post #6 of 29 Old 01-27-2010, 01:29 AM
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Awesome!
I'm 5'5" tall and I was just practicing today.
Right now I'm working on figure eights and turning around the trash cans I set up(don't have barrels so I made do!).
I was able to keep my arms down and not bounce as much.
I plan on doing barrels,key hole,and poles eventually.

I'm excited as well!


Good Luck.
You'll do a good job. Just make sure you keep positive.
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post #7 of 29 Old 01-27-2010, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
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I'm 5'9"!! Not working in my favor, but I need to learn to work my core and utilize it as opposed to having it work against me. We worked on hand position, leg cues, and transitioning before the turns today.

Good luck to you as well!
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post #8 of 29 Old 01-27-2010, 01:43 AM
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Good luck. I'm 5'3", so I have that for me, but I'm going from gaited to QHs doing barrels...lol. It is an interesting learning curve.
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post #9 of 29 Old 01-27-2010, 02:40 AM Thread Starter
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Boy I can imagine!!
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post #10 of 29 Old 01-27-2010, 10:55 AM
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Awesome! Have fun with your training.

If you need any help feel free to ask. I've been running for many years now :)

The biggest tip I can give you is don't be all up in your horses mouth. Give him his head and make sure you sit down around the turns and use your legs to make him curve around the barrel as you're turning, but not so much that you slide out too far. If you slide out around every barrel I'll be able to walk faster than you.

It's great that you're going after this. Its a great sport for us cowgirls :)

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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