Training

4 Corner Barrel Drill

October 10, 2014

The coolest thing about this 4 corner barrel racing drill is that I videoed myself after this picture with a GoPro! (You can watch it if you are subscribed to BarrelRacingDrills.com ). Click to enlarge It looks a bit distorted here due to being such a wide angle, but you get the idea! HOW:  Go […]

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3 Barrel Exercise

October 10, 2014

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 […]

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Solid Approach = Solid Exit

October 10, 2014

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 […]

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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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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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Serpentine for Proper Preparation

January 3, 2013

The Serpentine drill is a great exercise for gaining body control through the ribs.  It is also excellent for teaching the preparation needed for a turn at a barrel.   You can also use this serpentine exercise to practice riding on the correct diagonal as well (see our last article on that topic).   It will allow […]

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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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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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