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Two Nickles
Reg. Mar 2015
Posted 2018-05-16 4:50 PM (#7396441)
Subject: Get one to "hunt" the first barrel


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How do you get one to really hunt their first?

Ive got a couple young ones (4 & 5) that I thankfully haven't had trouble with in a run, but they just dont seem to really zone in on the first like I would like/have experienced in the past.

Is there a way to teach that, or is it one of those deals that just takes time/runs?
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FLITASTIC
Reg. Jun 2012
Posted 2018-05-16 5:58 PM (#7396449 - in reply to #7396441)
Subject: RE: Get one to "hunt" the first barrel



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I don’t think you can teach it. I think some horses are just barrel hunters/ push style horses. Others are more free runners and “ listeners”. Blood lines have a lot to do with it.
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Runaway
Reg. Jan 2008
Posted 2018-05-16 8:24 PM (#7396461 - in reply to #7396441)
Subject: RE: Get one to "hunt" the first barrel



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I do think you can teach them all (well, most LOL) to hunt the first.  In early training, keep their nose bent toward the first most of the way from the alley at the walk, trot, lope, gallop.  Make their shoulders, of course, stay upright and straight but keep that nose looking toward the first.  Anytime they look away from that direction, touch the inside rein/inside leg and keep them honed in on it constantly.  This habit carries over with speed and you will most likely never have a problem. 

Also, no stopping, sliding, slamming their butt in the ground at the first - these things make them hate it.  Make it a nice place to go without getting snatched or schooled.




 
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ladyelbert
Reg. Aug 2006
Posted 2018-05-17 7:41 PM (#7396573 - in reply to #7396441)
Subject: RE: Get one to "hunt" the first barrel


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in my experience it usually just takes hauling and time, then your gonna go in and all of a sudden your gonna FEEL them looking for  that first!!  
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clampitt
Reg. Feb 2006
Posted 2018-05-18 6:52 AM (#7396598 - in reply to #7396441)
Subject: RE: Get one to "hunt" the first barrel



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 I learned something from the cutters that helps. Show a horse how to make a good decision. Not every horse cows the same. But all have a little. What their job is. How to do it.
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geronabean
Reg. Sep 2003
Posted 2018-05-18 7:31 AM (#7396600 - in reply to #7396441)
Subject: RE: Get one to "hunt" the first barrel



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The rider has a lot to do with this. Make sure your body is cueing your horse to look for that barrel but first make sure your horse clearly understands these cues. Body weight shifting for rate is a great cue to teach it helps keep from having to handle their face a bunch when preparing to turn.
I agree with no stopping, slamming down, nit piking... thise are confidence killers. You have to build their confidence thru repetition and consistency. Im also a nose tipper to #1 too.
Put a barrel in the middle of a field and let them find it. Dont rely on fences or barrel ruts.
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KindaClassey
Reg. Sep 2011
Posted 2018-05-18 9:59 AM (#7396611 - in reply to #7396441)
Subject: RE: Get one to "hunt" the first barrel


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This is the LAST barrel I add speed going to A lot of people add speed to the 1st way too soon and then wonder why the horse doesn't hunt it. I also really try to put the horse in the same spot every time - as consistent as I can be - so the KNOW where to go. Also, I agree with the not slamming them down at the rate point. It causes a panic spot for the horse. I don't want a brace when I touch one.
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RedHead84
Reg. Dec 2014
Posted 2018-05-18 10:18 AM (#7396615 - in reply to #7396441)
Subject: RE: Get one to "hunt" the first barrel



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I ride both sides of the fence on this. Typically, "the hunt" comes naturally, it's not taught. BUT I have had a few late bloomers, who one day, it's like the light bulb went off and they were like "wow, this is fun" and the hunt was on. I think consistency is key and you want them to love their job.
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Runaway
Reg. Jan 2008
Posted 2018-05-18 12:24 PM (#7396645 - in reply to #7396611)
Subject: RE: Get one to "hunt" the first barrel



Sorry I don't have any advice


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KindaClassey - 2018-05-18 10:59 AM This is the LAST barrel I add speed going to A lot of people add speed to the 1st way too soon and then wonder why the horse doesn't hunt it. I also really try to put the horse in the same spot every time - as consistent as I can be - so the KNOW where to go. Also, I agree with the not slamming them down at the rate point. It causes a panic spot for the horse. I don't want a brace when I touch one.


I totally agree with this.  Adding speed to #1 should be the Very Last finishing touch on the horse.  So many good horses are ruined early in the game from adding speed too soon, especially to #1.

 
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cindyt
Reg. Dec 2003
Posted 2018-05-21 3:06 PM (#7396825 - in reply to #7396441)
Subject: RE: Get one to "hunt" the first barrel


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Take your time training them... don't get in a hurry
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barrelracer1983
Reg. Nov 2003
Posted 2018-05-21 4:24 PM (#7396836 - in reply to #7396441)
Subject: RE: Get one to "hunt" the first barrel



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I've had to learn the hard way not to just 'throw them away' to the first and hope they turn. You have to show them. Lots of long trotting and double turning around the barrels. Patience. I'm finally getting one of my horses to hunt it, but still need work on a longer score line.

Edited by barrelracer1983 2018-05-21 4:27 PM
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