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post #1 of 5 Old 12-30-2015, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Training Barrel Mare

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I have a 13 yr old Palomino mare. I am training her on barrels and the only place I have to ride is in a pasture. She has not gone fast enough to worry about footing yet. Every time I trot her up and around the first barrel, she takes off running to the gate. I keep her thinking by doing bareback, shows and extra stuff to keep her mind off of the barrels. She LOVES to run straight in lines, I think she may have, (oddly enough) been raced. How do I get her around that barrel without having her run away?
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-30-2015, 10:02 PM
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This horse is not broke enough to be on the barrels if she is trying to run away from you, and she sounds very herd sour. You need to work on her steering and going where you want 100% of the time, no excuses. I would seek the help of a trainer in your area for a few lessons if I was you.

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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-30-2015, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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This horse is not broke enough to be on the barrels if she is trying to run away from you, and she sounds very herd sour. You need to work on her steering and going where you want 100% of the time, no excuses. I would seek the help of a trainer in your area for a few lessons if I was you.

Good luck.
Okay... Probably NOT going to have any chances of getting a trainer, but, I will work on her steering. She is actually in fact about as broke as a horse can get. She is herd sour because she was on a dude string before I got her in June. All she did, follow, follow, follow. That is one thing that really annoys me.
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Agree with Sorrelhorse

Broke means more than allowing you on her back, and taking you for a ride
Forget the barrels for now, and work on body control' Steering' is more than trying to pull a horse in a direction, but rather to need to rein very little, having the horse responsive to your legs, entire body soft, with that entire body, esp the shoulders following the nose
I do think you need some help, if you think just by trying to repeat that barrel pattern, or that riding her bareback is going to fix her problem
It is also not surprising that she does what she does, coming off a dude string. Sure, those horses are very broke, far as packing any level of rider on all kinds of terrain, BUT, those horses are not truly broke. Try riding one so he has to go a different route than his buddies, and all at once that 'dead' broke' horse shows how trained he really is. He is trained to pack arider, following his buddies, without that rider even needing any riding experience-long as he doe snot ask that horse to ride a different route and actually steer
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Agree with Sorrelhorse

Broke means more than allowing you on her back, and taking you for a ride
Forget the barrels for now, and work on body control' Steering' is more than trying to pull a horse in a direction, but rather to need to rein very little, having the horse responsive to your legs, entire body soft, with that entire body, esp the shoulders following the nose
I do think you need some help, if you think just by trying to repeat that barrel pattern, or that riding her bareback is going to fix her problem
It is also not surprising that she does what she does, coming off a dude string. Sure, those horses are very broke, far as packing any level of rider on all kinds of terrain, BUT, those horses are not truly broke. Try riding one so he has to go a different route than his buddies, and all at once that 'dead' broke' horse shows how trained he really is. He is trained to pack arider, following his buddies, without that rider even needing any riding experience-long as he doe snot ask that horse to ride a different route and actually steer
I was happy that she does what she does, as well.
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