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post #1 of 4 Old 05-13-2012, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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Tighter turns.

How do I get those tight turns in barrels?I'm not a serious barrel racer, but I do it for fun.
Specs has horrid turns as of right now. Im thinking maybe because he's unbalanced... He does the pattern very nicely at a walk, but it all goes downhill when I add speed. I've been working it at a walk and trot (like adding rate by trotting to the barrel and walking around it) and just flat out trotting the whole pattern and he does it just fine then, but when I add speed and ask him to lope around the actual barrel, it seems like he loses his head and forgets what he's doing, then I remind him, then he goes "oh yeah!", and during that time he slows to a trot and our turn is totally whacked by then. (if you understood all that :P)
Got any exercises that you think we would benefit from?
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-14-2012, 01:55 PM
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Getting him to collect up on his turns at the trot and making sure you have big pocket when practicing will help a lot.

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post #3 of 4 Old 05-15-2012, 09:54 AM
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He isn't ready to move on to a lope more than likely.
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-15-2012, 10:56 AM
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Turning tight at any speed collected is hard for a horse that doesn't know how.

Use a single barrel for this...

So when trotting around it go as small as you can UNTIL he starts falling apart...then move back out to where he is comfortable and relaxed again. It takes time but just slowly you will get your circle smaller and he will remain relaxed, engaged, and rounded while doing it. Same with loping, if you have to make a big circle do it until he is comfortable then slowly make it smaller until he is comfortable, relaxed, ect. But like I said...it doesn't happen over night and takes work.

Make sense?
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