circles

Random Circle Tires

A deviation from the Circle Tire Drill. Choosing to turn random tires will be a little easier than turning each and every one.  It is a great way to start out.  Making sure your horse is completely prepared to make the turn is important.

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Circle Tires

This is a great test to see if your horse is ready to head to the barrel pattern.  If your horse can’t complete this drill correctly at a given speed, it won’t be able to turn the barrel correctly at that speed.  This is also a great drill for strengthening a horses’ hip through repetitive […]

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Perfect Circle

The ability to walk, trot and lope a perfect circle is the corner stone of your barrel racing training and maintaining program (and is used in many of our drills).   It is the basis of teaching your horse to keep his hip in and drive.  It teaches them to stay soft in the face and […]

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Four Corners In

Doing the Four Corners drill from the inside is another drill you can do while you have your four barrels in a square set up. Like four corners out it is good for strengthening the hind end and keeping a horse in the correct lead with proper, correct turns.  Keeps your horse soft, supple and […]

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Four Corners Out

Four Corners can be worked from both the inside and the outside of the tires. From the outside this station will help develop muscles and keep your horse locked on the barrel.  Good for strengthening the hind end and keeping a horse in the correct lead with proper, correct turns.  Keeps your horse soft, supple […]

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All One Way

Good for training and correcting.  Horses learn by repetition so you can really emphasize correctness with this drill.

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Doubling

This is great for horses that want to leave the turn too soon. This helps them to stick in that turn a little longer.  It will also emphasize that you want to keep your horses hind end engaged and in four wheel drive.

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Fast N Slow

This is an excellent drill to help you teach your horse speed control.  It teaches moving out, then gathering up and collecting again. Excellent preparation for the horse you are starting on the pattern or emphasizing speed control in a horse that needs a reminder. How: Lope a perfect circle. Ask your horse to move […]

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Small Circle

Perfect circles are the start of perfect turns.  Being able to work different sized circles on command shows control and maneuverability.  This is one great drill to use with young horses and to challenge your seasoned horses at a different level. This one also has a bonus drill.

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Spirals

This drill will emphasize the riders desire to place the horse where she/he wants the horse.    If your horse isn’t overtly responsive before you start, he should be more responsive by the time you have worked this drill.

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