Melanie southard

Shoulder and Rib Lift Exercise

Melanie southard

Here’s a great demonstration of a drill that NFR Qualifier Melanie Southard uses to achieve the shoulder and rib cage control she looks for in her horses. She sets up 3 or 4 barrels with a cone in the middle.   You will see her to do a regular turn around the barrels, but do a counter arc when she …

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Jane Melby Barrel Racing Tips

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Jane Melby offers many great tips in this video as she talks about her riding style.  She talks about body positioning, encouraging us to take the shape of the horses body.    Jane also talks about using your horn as a method of communicating speed control to your horse and tells us why she likes to use a spiral drill …

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Martha Josey Cross Exercise

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  In this video, Martha Josey demonstrates an exercise that uses 1 barrel and 4 cones.   She alternates circling the cone and the barrel and says it’s a great drill to practice your guiding without having to run the pattern.  Start at a trot and once  your horse has the hang of it, go ahead and lope.  

Tips to keep from shouldering the

Shouldering The Barrel – CorrectionTips

Tips to keep from shouldering the

  NFR Qualifier Melanie Southard offers some great video tips on how to keep your horse from shouldering the barrels and some exercises to correct this problem. It’s all about controlling the hips, not the shoulders!   If his hip is engaged, his shoulder has to be up in the correct position.    Shouldering is a (bad) habit and in order to …

3 Barrel Exercise

Do several barrel racing drills with this one setup.  http://BarrelRacingDrills.com

Here is a barrel racing exercise for you to try.  I use this one a lot and you can do quite a few different drills with just this one set up . HOW: Set three barrels up in a row (equally spaced) and you will be able to work more than one drill with your setup. In blue I’m trotting …

Solid Approach = Solid Exit

With second barrel, you want to make sure you are riding right up into the turn and getting your horse up into the "hole" (past barrel) before starting the turn (green).

A solid approach makes for a solid exit. With second barrel, you want to make sure you are riding right up into the turn and getting your horse up into the “hole” (past barrel) before starting the turn (green). So often the horse and rider enter second barrel too wide, or in an arc (and hip to outside) which will …

Stay On Track

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 on the line.

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 on the line. Look up …

Small Space Drill with Sue Smith

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 learning this drill you can …

Lead Change Drill

Lead Change Between First and Second

Lead Change Drill

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 from professional barrel racers with …