shouldering

Triple Threat

Use this exercise for multiple purposes. You can use it to put turn in a horse or take some of the anticipation your horse may have about turning out of a horse. Great for training and great for problem solving.

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Second, Second

Need a quick fix for your horse that starts his second barrel turn too soon?  Here’s an exercise where you will want to hang on tight and make a correction on the fly.

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Shoulder Up Backing – Counter Release

This gets a horse really soft in the face for backing, helps them become very aware of where their feet are and gets them very maneuverable.   Similar to hip in backing drill with a different release point.

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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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Rate Removal

This should help those horses that want to slow down to much too soon and those with “sticky” feet. It keeps those feet moving.

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Squares

This will encourage your horse to keep his hind end under him and use it. This is the move your horse needs to make a corner around a barrel and blast out of the turn.

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Reverse Circle Weaves

This helps to keep your horse maneuverable and supple through the shoulders. It will help him to accept and understand your leg and rein cues as well.

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4 in a row barrels

This is a great drill for teaching your steps to the barrel turn, but is also great for teaching the horse to finish their turn. Great for young and experienced horses at whatever speed they can do it correctly.

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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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The Diamond

This is a drill you can do while the “clover leaf barrel pattern” is still set up in your arena. It teaches your horse patience and to wait on your cues. Good for correcting, training and maintaining!

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