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        07-20-2009, 10:34 AM
      #11
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by mom2pride    
    Definitely work the games in a controlled fashion, given his OTT status...especially since you are finally getting him decently in hand. You don't want to wind up back where you started. But I agree, it is quite fun to do several different things...switch things up, to keep things interesting for both horse and rider. You could always incorporate more ground exercises as well, especially on days he seems overly excitable, that way you are both safer, but you still get something accomplished.
    Agreed with mom2pride, There is a lot of breaking things down and slow work that you have to do with teaching barrels, you have to learn about hip control, shoulder control flexing, rollbacks, leads, counter arcing, all sorts of fun stuff, but it will make you successful in this sport.
         
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        07-21-2009, 05:54 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
    aruraeclipse - At the moment I am planning on doing it for fun and possibly low (extremly low) level stuff at pony club. But I'm not going to push him if he doesn't enjoy it. We haven't done anything with barrel racing for awhile as I haven't had time to drag out the barrels and stuff.

    mom2pride - He is going really well and is learning that when its time to run he can run, I love running him but rarly get to any more because of working on our collecting, exstending, bending, small circles and jumping. But I am planning on taking him for a run on Saturday. Its going to be extremly hard to get back were we started but hey I'm sure we will manage (hopfully not). I really only do bending and stuff at the end of our ride, so he has most of his energy out of him. Thanks for all your great help!
         

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