Problem Solving

Stay On Track

October 10, 2014

Check your tracks whenever possible. The red line indicates where many people accidentally end up. Make sure your horse is leaving the second barrel straight and strong (green line). The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, so be sure to keep your horse between your hands and legs to help him stay […]

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Do As I say, Not As I Did

May 22, 2014

I’m using myself as an example of what NOT to do.   It turns out (as usual) that the video doesn’t lie.   I had a pretty good run, our first outdoor run of the year and we placed second in the 1D against a group of horses who were also just getting rolling this spring.   Not […]

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Small Space Drill with Sue Smith

April 8, 2014

If you are confined to a small space, or the only ground you have to work on isn’t that great, you do have options. Here’s a drill that NFR Qualifier, Futurity Winner, Calgary Stampede Champion Sue Smith does that will work in those cases. When your ground is poor and also when you are just […]

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Lead Change Between First and Second

February 15, 2014

When do I change? Where do I change and why do I change there?   I’ve been to quite a few barrel racing clinics and these are common questions.   How do you train your horse to change leads out of first barrel (or between first and second barrel)? I’ve heard a variety of answers all […]

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Reverse 8 For Improved Maneuverability

November 21, 2013

In barrel racing, it’s those smooth and effortless looking runs that can really stop the clock. Any time we can soften our horse and gain free, easy movement we have an opportunity to improve our efficiency on the pattern. The more efficient we are, the quicker our time. There are different drills and exercises that […]

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Are You Trotting On The Wrong “Lead”?

October 31, 2012

Trotting on the wrong diagonal is like loping on the wrong lead. What is a diagonal?  When a horse trots, it has a 2 beat, diagonal gait.   As the right front moves forward, the left hind (diagonally across) moves forward at the same time.  As the left front moves, the right hind moves forward.   When […]

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Feel With Your Eyes

September 17, 2012

Take a moment and imagine you are astride your favorite horse standing with this scene stretching before you.  Sun shining.  Breeze blowing.  A 70 degree day. Can you see yourself galloping up that hill?   Which path with you choose?  Will you go fast or slow? Mmmmmmmm.  See where you will go. Perhaps in the past […]

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Are You Consistent?

August 6, 2012

Can you think of a barrel racer that rides the same way every trip? Do you recognize how confident and solid their horse is?  Our horse can only be as confident as we are, and part of our own confidence is having a plan.  Know exactly where you want your horses’ feet to land and […]

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Circle Tires for Smooth Runs and Fast Times

May 9, 2012

Whether training, maintaining or problem solving with your barrel horse you will be using different tools to reach your goal. Keeping an open mind, we are able to add more tools and resources to our toolbox. My training toolbox is full of drills and exercises that target the moves we need to execute a barrel […]

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Is Your Barrel Horse Talking To You?

March 7, 2012

Horses can talk, they just don’t use words. They have their own language of communication and it is our job as a rider to learn their “speak”. The more in tune we can be with our horses the greater our chance of understanding their concerns. However, sometimes the closer we are, the harder it is […]

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