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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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4 Corner Rate

This helps to learn the collection and preparation needed to turn a barrel properly. It will help you and your horse become more in tune with each other.

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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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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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Figure 8 Barrels

This drill can be done one barrel at a time (for problem solving) or working through from first barrel to third for training. This is 3 drills in one! This drill teaches your horse to turn relaxed, finish his barrels and handle himself with confidence and power. It can also be really helpful at your […]

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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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