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I've been working with my mare that I've had for two years now. We've come to the conclusion that she is a left barrel horse, although when going to the first barrel she pops up out of it when going to turn she pops out to the right. I have been working with her on this for awhile, with all kinds of slow work. Even tried going back to the right barrel, but that gives her two left turn. She goes to her second and third barrel great and has no hesitation. If I lope her up to the first barrel and guide her through she will go around it, if I let her pick up speed to the first barrel she pops up and out.

If anyone could give me some tips that would be great, I wanna work through this cause I know she has so much potential!:D
 

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Do you have a video?

Without SEEING what is going on, we can only guess...

and we need more information. How long has she been on the barrel pattern? What does your training consist of? How often do you work her? Do you do anything besides barrels with her? Does she do this at all gaits? W/t/c?
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I've been working with her for three years, but not 5-7 days a week. Last summer it was constant riding, but this summer it wasn't as I didn't get the chance to get out to her as much as I would have liked, there for I haven't run her at all this year, just loping. trotting, walking patterns a few times. And also the usual work.

My routine usually consists of long trotting, loping circles, getting her collected, and working on stops. When working barrels i start at a walk, stop her before the barrel, get her nose in slightly and her hip in and keep her rib cage up and make the turn. At a trot i do the same, just make the circle bigger. And the same with at a lope, I try to guide her and push her around the circle, as at a lope I lope around the barrel a few times and straighten her out to the second. This summer i started doing a 360 turn at the back of the barrel at a walk to see if this would help. I've so much slow work, and some days I don't do barrel patterns at all. I've had her on poles and she loves it. Some days i just long trot her in the field.

Even with all of this, when ever I give her some speed or let her go her own pace and give her, her face she still pops up and out to her right as we go to turn (at about when her hip reaches the barrel). I'm not sure if she needs a new bit, as I've used a tear drop shank on her, and a twisted, nothing to harsh, but she needs something to keep her attention.

I know my horse has so much potential, just this is frustrating as she does so good with slow work, just add speed and it's a different story. Please, any advice would be appreciated!!
 

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Yes a video would be best to see what's going on.

How LONG have you been having this issue with her. Always?

Have you ever had her checked for pain by an equine vet and chiropractor? Often times when a horse has an issue with turning one specific direction, something is hurting somewhere.
 

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Unfortunately I do not have a video, she pops up and out to her right as we go to turn (at about when her hip reaches the barrel) there for not completing the turn. We have had her checked for soreness, and we have had her on recovery for her back hocks and it helped her, although we still have the problem. We've had the problem since last summer, since it's started i've been doing slow work for the reaming time last summer, fall, and this year. And i haven't full out run a pattern with her this year, also take time off barrels and long trot the field to clear her mind.
 

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Well, without a video, we can't really help unfortunately.

It could be you (50% or the time its rider error) The other 50% of the time its a pain related issue. The rider error leaves a lot of room from improper training, pushing the horse too fast, not setting the horse up correctly, cueing incorrectly etc) --- Not saying that's what's going on and your to blame...Just saying it hypothetically.

My best advice, have her checked by an equine chiropractor. And a lameness specialist. And find a trainer that can work with you on site.

advice from the internet isn't going to help you. We don't know what's going on...You say one thing...Your horse could be saying another. Its impossible to tell from just words. (Hence why we ask for a video)

Sorry. :-(
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