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Three In A Row

A drill suitable for young horses, seasoned horses and those that need some fine tuning.   This drill is a good warm up and provides an opportunity to put turn in a horse and also to take anticipation out.    You can use this drill according to your horses needs.

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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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Super Squares

If you are having trouble with knocking on the backside by just a hair you can try these super squares. How: Make  perfect square corners around the barrel. This will help to teach him take one step further back behind the barrel. Keep his arc and bent in the ribs.  Your lines should be straight, […]

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3 Way Circles

This drill practices and tests your horses’ maneuverability. You want to be able to have control over all his body parts at any given time and this will give you an idea of how its going.

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Serpentine

This Serpentine exercise simulates the transition from a turn to a straight line you will need in the actual barrel race.

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Double Double

If your horse is leaving the barrels wide this is a great exercise. This drill keeps your horse listening to you on the pattern. You should be able to place him wherever and whenever you want.    It gives him time to think and emphasizes the turn.

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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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