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Counter Arc

This exercise helps to make a soft, supple horse with maneuverable hips and shoulders.  It will make him use a different part of his brain and keep him attentive.  This is a great drill to do as a foundation drill and to really emphasize when you are having certain problems.

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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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45 Degree Turn Back with Barrel

This integrates the roll back, but also includes a barrel where your horse should be able to work quietly following the pressure of the rollback. You should feel your horse really driving and working from behind when you do go around the barrel as a result of the schooling you’ve been doing with the roll […]

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45 Degree Turn Back

Great drill if your horse has trouble carrying his lead, picking up his lead and hustling out of a barrel. This really helps a horse drive from behind and push off and out of a barrel. I have also found this drill really helps with a horses stop later when you are just asking for […]

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The Donut

This simulates a real barrel turn and can be done at various speeds. Great for small areas where you can only put up one barrel. Useful for working a horse and getting them to really drive through the turn. Great mental training through repetition for both horse and rider.

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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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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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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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