hip control

Wall backs

This drill will sharpen your horses’ reaction speed (as well as your own). It will help a horse that is drifting in his turns come around quickly. It will help a horse figure out his footwork without using a barrel.

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8-10-12

This drill instills snappy turns and turns with finesse. It gets your horse working in four wheel drive and with control and power.

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Funnel Barrels – all one way

Through repetition you and your horse will learn how to handle a turn. If you are having trouble with your first barrel this will allow you to repeat that turn consecutively. If you are having trouble with your left or right this drill with help those barrels. If your horse has problems like slicing, getting […]

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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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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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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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Weaving

This drill will help improve your horses suppleness and maneuverability.   Easy to implement into some of the other drills you might have set up already.

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