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Perfect Circle to a “T”

If you are looking for a fool proof way to obtain a perfect circle, here is a great place to start.  Some horses (and their riders) tend to be “circular challenged”.  This exercise will help you nail that perfect circle.   Perfect circles are really important.

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Double One Way

This drill will help a horse that tries to crowd the barrel. But also emphasizes the turn for one that needs it. Great drill for nice correct turns.

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Reverse 8

This drill helps with your horses suppleness and maneuverability. It will help them become more aware of their own body placement. This drill will open up their shoulders, soften their ribs and face.

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The Clock

This is a great drill for working on your straight lines and round circles as well as the transitions to and from each.

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Double 8’s

This drill will help your horse learn speed control along with a change in direction. It will help teach him to stay soft and supple while doing so.

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1 Way Barrels

This will get you’re young horses thinking about turning the barrels and will free up a tight turning horse as long as you keep big loose circles.

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The Butterfly

This drill improves your horses maneuverability and works on his ability to shoulder in and out when asked.  Excellent for small spaces, slow speed and undesirable ground conditions.

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The Diamond

This is a drill you can do while the “clover leaf barrel pattern” is still set up in your arena. It teaches your horse patience and to wait on your cues. Good for correcting, training and maintaining!

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Triple Turn

This drill works your horse on a barrel ensuring he is comfortable working on a barrel, but also listening to your cues. This drill will increase his fitness on a turn but also can be used as a test to make sure he is listening and is comfortable working a barrel.

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Arena Loops

The perfect circle is the basis of all good barrel racing, so using this drill will again improve the fluidity of your turns on the pattern. Using objects in your arena to practice these circles will give you a point of reference.

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