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Posted 10/8/2014 12:02:13 PM


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what are some good exercises to do with my mare for barrel racing? I don't want her getting bored with walking and trotting the pattern.

and also, how do I make do with doing the pattern in a tiny arena? the arena at my barn is quite small so the pattern is pretty tiny and we can only fit in about 3 canter strides between the first and second barrel. should I start doing the pattern out in a field where there is room to canter the pattern?

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excersices....heres a few(i mean 20)


this one is my fave:

and a few more:
(you can use tires)


since thier big,i will direct you to this page:
https://www.google.com/search?q=barrel+racing+drills&biw=1280&bih=699&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=TZw1VNnwCI6nyATbu4Ig&ved=0CB0QsAQ#tbm=isch&q=barrel%20racing%20exercises&revid=1173724309&imgdii=_
and this one:
https://www.google.com/search?q=barrel+racing+drills&biw=1280&bih=699&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=TZw1VNnwCI6nyATbu4Ig&ved=0CB0QsAQ#tbm=isch&q=barrel+racing+drills&imgdii=_



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Posted 10/8/2014 1:26:15 PM
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Don't do the pattern pattern if its that small, set up one barrel and work her on both sides and do some drills. As for drills, I have a few on the video and I promise the next time I'm on the computer I'll sub it and send it to you. And I personally wouldn't recommend any of those drills. Imho. Something I would recommend would be figure eights. Set up two barrels a good distance away from each other and work through them at a walk, trot, and canter.



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Posted 10/8/2014 1:42:33 PM


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they work pretty good one my horses lol


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love the fray (10/8/2014)
they work pretty good one my horses lol
from an inexperienced rider with no formal barrel training, sure



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Posted 10/8/2014 2:28:42 PM
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Pretty much what Dana said - bending around a barrel, figure eights. If you wanted to, you could do a spiral thing; start with a big circle and work in, getting smaller everytime, working on both sides. I don't really know if it'll help with barrels, but it definitely makes them loosen up and pay attentions haha.
Big serpentine type things like in the first picture won't do much, its just like doing two big half circles.

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they work pretty good one my horses lol
from an inexperienced rider with no formal barrel training, sure

and what are you? a champion barrel racer? i dont think so.

and yes,i actually have "formal barrel training". so do my horses(ish).



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love the fray (10/8/2014)
they work pretty good one my horses lol
from an inexperienced rider with no formal barrel training, sure
and what are you? a champion barrel racer? i dont think so.and yes,i actually have "formal barrel training". so do my horses(ish).

Lulz Dana's been doing this longer than anyone else on here, I'm *pretty sure*she knows what she's saying
Also coming from the one who "hates western" lmao

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Posted 10/8/2014 2:39:08 PM


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[quote]love the fray (10/8/2014)
they work pretty good one my horses lol
from an inexperienced rider with no formal barrel training, sure
and what are you? a champion barrel racer? i dont think so.and yes,i actually have "formal barrel training". so do my horses(ish).

Lulz Dana's been doing this longer than anyone else on here, I'm *pretty sure*she knows what she's saying
Also coming from the one who "hates western" lmao[/quote]
yes,i do hate western. i just cant stand it. so i do english barrel racing.


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Posted 10/8/2014 2:55:13 PM
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they work pretty good one my horses lol
from an inexperienced rider with no formal barrel training, sure
and what are you? a champion barrel racer? i dont think so.and yes,i actually have "formal barrel training". so do my horses(ish).
Lulz Dana's been doing this longer than anyone else on here, I'm *pretty sure*she knows what she's saying Also coming from the one who "hates western" lmao
yes,i do hate western. i just cant stand it. so i do english barrel racing.

That's like me saying i hate English but jumping a course or doing dressage in my western saddle. Both are English disciplines, regardless of what saddle i use. So yes, you're doing a western event, with the wrong saddle. Perhaps a more accurate description of how you feel would be to say you "hate western saddles" since it seems you don't mind the discipline ;)

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[quote]love the fray (10/8/2014)
they work pretty good one my horses lol
from an inexperienced rider with no formal barrel training, sure
and what are you? a champion barrel racer? i dont think so.and yes,i actually have "formal barrel training". so do my horses(ish).
Lulz Dana's been doing this longer than anyone else on here, I'm *pretty sure*she knows what she's saying Also coming from the one who "hates western" lmao
yes,i do hate western. i just cant stand it. so i do english barrel racing.

That's like me saying i hate English but jumping a course or doing dressage in my western saddle. Both are English disciplines, regardless of what saddle i use. So yes, you're doing a western event, with the wrong saddle. Perhaps a more accurate description of how you feel would be to say you "hate western saddles" since it seems you don't mind the discipline ;)[/quote]
oh no,i hate western. just happen to like the speed events.


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Posted 10/8/2014 3:04:46 PM
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love the fray (10/8/2014)
redluva (10/8/2014)
love the fray (10/8/2014)
redluva (10/8/2014)
love the fray (10/8/2014)
GirlOnFire (10/8/2014)
love the fray (10/8/2014)
they work pretty good one my horses lol
from an inexperienced rider with no formal barrel training, sure
and what are you? a champion barrel racer? i dont think so.and yes,i actually have "formal barrel training". so do my horses(ish).
Lulz Dana's been doing this longer than anyone else on here, I'm *pretty sure*she knows what she's saying Also coming from the one who "hates western" lmao
yes,i do hate western. i just cant stand it. so i do english barrel racing.
That's like me saying i hate English but jumping a course or doing dressage in my western saddle. Both are English disciplines, regardless of what saddle i use. So yes, you're doing a western event, with the wrong saddle. Perhaps a more accurate description of how you feel would be to say you "hate western saddles" since it seems you don't mind the discipline ;)
oh no,i hate western. just happen to like the speed events.

Would you not consider speed events western? Lol

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love the fray (10/8/2014)
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from an inexperienced rider with no formal barrel training, sure
and what are you? a champion barrel racer? i dont think so.
I am actually I train for two weeks every summer with two NFR champions and I probably know a little more than you. Think before you post



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Yes to the figure 8s. Control is everything, speed is a bonus

Thanks Abra!

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Posted 10/8/2014 6:19:47 PM


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Thanks Emma, Dana, and Brianna. And lovethefray, thank you for all the exercises. Even though they aren't good for barrels, I will prob use them for other stuff. But just saying, if you hate western, why do you reply to all the western topics?

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Figure 8s are really good for barrel training because barrel racing essentially is figure 8s. If thats all you do is work the pattern your horse will probably get bored with it and become sloppy. Being able to control your horses body will help you have a cleaner barrel run because you will be able to pick up their shoulder, or make them move their hindquarters over, or preform a smooth lead change.
Your horse obviously needs to know the pattern and so they understand what you're asking of them but creating a great barrel horse goes far beyond the pattern

Thanks Abra!

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^ I am definitely going to start doing figure eights, shoulder ins and shoulder outs, lead changes, and just some basic body control. I love reading your and dana's posts about barrel racing so keep all the helpful tips coming :)

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Brianna and I are the barrel racing power couple on here

Another thing I like to do is pull out the pattern then trot every which way through it, not just running through the pattern but everything else, it's good for working on turns and just doing something different. I remember when I was first starting barrels with Seven we were getting sloppy so I literally did this for an hour and by the end he was really responsive and turned really nice.



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Another thing to do to teach Baybee (LAWLZ) to keep her yelloe little booty under her is do this

(OKAY I USED SNAPCHAT DON'T HATE ME I'M ON A PHONE)
Set up a barrel then a pole about 3 feet behind it like I drew, then walk/trot her to and around the barrel, but turn and go around the pole before going on. It teaches them to keep their butt close to the barrel so they don't hit anything.



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[quote]GirlOnFire (10/9/2014)
Another thing to do to teach Baybee (LAWLZ) to keep her yelloe little booty under her is do this

(OKAY I USED SNAPCHAT DON'T HATE ME I'M ON A PHONE)
Set up a barrel then a pole about 3 feet behind it like I drew, then walk/trot her to and around the barrel, but turn and go around the pole before going on. It teaches them to keep their butt close to the barrel so they don't hit anything.[/quote]

what else could you use if you dont have a pole?


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