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Help us get into the 1D! [We did it!!!!!!]
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QHriderKE
Reg. Nov 2011
Posted 2017-06-01 3:54 PM (#7348737 - in reply to #7340644)
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^^^ thanks beau!

I'm not totally against drills, but I would only like to do drills maybe a max of twice a week, once a week seems to be the going rate lately though. I'm working away from home and haven't moved my horses here yet so I've enlisted my dad to use this horse to go check cows. He even roped a cow off of her yesterday!

anyways, once I get my horses settled in here with me, I'm planning to get together with some gals that are far better barrel racers than me and learn as much as I can from them. And hopefully start running this horse a bit more consistently

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brlraceaddict
Reg. Jul 2006
Posted 2017-06-01 6:29 PM (#7348758 - in reply to #7348737)
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QHriderKE - 2017-06-01 1:54 PM ^^^ thanks beau! I'm not totally against drills, but I would only like to do drills maybe a max of twice a week, once a week seems to be the going rate lately though. I'm working away from home and haven't moved my horses here yet so I've enlisted my dad to use this horse to go check cows. He even roped a cow off of her yesterday! anyways, once I get my horses settled in here with me, I'm planning to get together with some gals that are far better barrel racers than me and learn as much as I can from them. And hopefully start running this horse a bit more consistently .

What is your definition of drills?  Slow work on the pattern does not necessarily mean working the actual pattern.  It means slow work drills for both horse and rider to get your timing, feel, and muscle memory down in the turns.  You do not need to overdo this and a couple of times a week will suffice but Uncle Ed once told me that not doing slow work on a finished horse was the dumbest thing he'd ever heard.  I miss Uncle Ed's candor.  In any case - you have a nice horse - she really wants to work.  The more slow work you do, the easier it will be engrained in your head and the less you feel you will have to override her.  Do the circle in and out at a walk, trot, and lope at each barrel.  Set up sets of barrels and walk, trot, and lope each direction in both circles and barrel turns - this will also help you control her body easier too.  Good luck. 
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QHriderKE
Reg. Nov 2011
Posted 2017-06-01 6:39 PM (#7348759 - in reply to #7340644)
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I rarely drill the three barrels at home. Most of the time I just set up one or two. Or use a lick tub out in the cows as a "barrel". I do lots of spiraling in and out with this horse, and throw a transition in there like as the circle gets bigger, pick up a lope and as it gets smaller break down to a trot kind of thing. I also do a lot of anticipation/rate drills too. Like getting to your pocket and counter arcing out and making a figure 8 to come back to the pocket, really helps her think about her shoulder. I've drilled rate into this horses brain so much that she should be a push style by now lol, I've tried every rate trick I've ever heard of.

Sometimes I just ride in a smaller pen and work on transitions and lengthening and shortening stride, and body control just to bring her back to the basics and remind us both of the basics. I try to keep dry work of any kind to 2-3 times a week at most. Lately it's been more like once a week and then we ranch the rest of the week. Dragging calves to the pot is so good for a horse, especially rope horses and barrel horses. Just gives them something slow and entirely new and as a rider you can work on body control, like nudging the hip over a couple steps this way, or side passing a step the other way... stuff like that. All of my rope or (potential) barrel horses are used as a ranch horse first of all and not really started on anything else until they have a branding season and fall roundup season under their belts.

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streakysox
Reg. Jul 2008
Posted 2017-06-01 7:23 PM (#7348763 - in reply to #7340644)
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My horse is 14. He has been running barrels since he was 5. He does not need to work on the pattern. The drills I do are basic horsemanship. Moving straight forward with head tipped to left or right. I set up a pattern with cones and practice working my horse around those at a walk trot or very slow lope. Picking up a lead from a stop. Moving off my leg at different gaits. As a test to see how well I have done, I go to the local judged show and work their pattern in horsemanship or equitation. My 4 year old will becoming home from the trainer soon and she told me ride her like a do at home. All of my horses ride like that. All successful barrel horses need to ride like that. One thing that I never do is rollbacks. We do not run that style. They all need drills but not necessarily concerning a barrel. Heather Smith book that has drills in it is very helpful.
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QHriderKE
Reg. Nov 2011
Posted 2017-06-04 9:43 PM (#7349071 - in reply to #7340644)
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Made it into the 1D AND IN THE MONEY today! Video to come!!!
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QHriderKE
Reg. Nov 2011
Posted 2017-06-04 11:19 PM (#7349085 - in reply to #7340644)
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Here's the video, my horse was really firing on all cylinders!

I can't believe we placed in the 1d just out of the blue too, just awesome!
https://youtu.be/bA5WY_n16Cg
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GLP
Reg. Oct 2013
Posted 2017-06-05 5:15 AM (#7349090 - in reply to #7340644)
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Too cool! Congratulations!!
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scwebster
Reg. Mar 2013
Posted 2017-06-05 3:33 PM (#7349189 - in reply to #7340644)
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Way to go!!! 
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mtcanchazer
Reg. Apr 2012
Posted 2017-06-05 9:38 PM (#7349235 - in reply to #7340644)
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Nice!!!  
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BarrelRacing4Christ
Reg. Sep 2010
Posted 2017-06-05 10:14 PM (#7349239 - in reply to #7340644)
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Awesome! Congratulations!
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QHriderKE
Reg. Nov 2011
Posted 2017-06-05 11:34 PM (#7349246 - in reply to #7340644)
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Thanks everyone!


The photographer got some pretty wicked photos of the run too, will post when i buy digital copies!!
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QHriderKE
Reg. Nov 2011
Posted 2017-06-06 1:07 PM (#7349343 - in reply to #7340644)
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I had to buy a few of the pictures, couldn't resist!

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Mighty Broke
Reg. Jul 2004
Posted 2017-06-06 1:18 PM (#7349345 - in reply to #7340644)
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Congrats---that sure is a GREAT feeling.
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