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I have been barrel racing for a couple years now but i still have a couple rookie questions... My horse bends really well when we stand and walk but once she trots she seems to forget how to? Also when we are working in circles she trots really slow like shes not having fun well circles arn't that fun but I want her to have her spunk while were troting? I have tried a whip but really light, how can I get her to have fun, work hard and pay attention all in the same excercise??? Thanks Advice is much appreciated!
 

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Then get after her. A horse should always go faster when you tell it to. With my barrel horses in particular, I make sure EVERY posting trot is a strong one, so when I sit down they will also slow down and rate. Because when you are running, the second you sit that horse needs to know how to get under itself and turn.

If your horse isn't moving up when you post, smack her on the butt, kick her hard, whatever it takes you to get her moving stronger. A horse should never ignore any signal you give it.
 
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I'd actually stop the posting, sit down and urge her forward with body position and leg. You can't force a horse to enjoy what you are doing, so it's best to change what you are doing.
 

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Face it, barrel racing can be a little boring to a horse due to how repetitious it is. One turn one way, two the other. Try mixing it up for him, take him out of the arena, practice turns around bushes and trees. If you have access to cattle, let him push cattle around. It helps teach rate and turn while giving them something to focus on. My horse can be super lazy loping circles but you put him on cattle and he gets a lot more spark.

I had a quick job riding a few barrel horses and I found riding them somewhere else and giving them something else to do renewed their intrest in their job. There is a race track down the road and I would take them down there and breeze them and "straighten" them out a little..they loved it.
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