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How to Evaluate, Find and Enhance Saddle Fit for Faster Barrel Racing

When your run your hands down your horse’s back, does he tighten, flinch, shrink away or spasm? Is there atrophy behind the withers or depressions where your horse’s shoulders have rotated forward? Are you dealing with stubborn soreness or lameness issues that seem to need constant management? Is your horse’s topline less round and full […]

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Study, Compare and Refine Second Barrel Footfall to Get on the Fast Track!

When I got together with a few barrel buddies recently there was a lot of awkward silence, broken up with a few verbal “WOWs.” You could almost hear the wheels turning. We were measuring and comparing where our horse’s feet travel on the barrel pattern. The uncertainty in the air was palpable, so I reminded […]

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Start Strong to Finish FAST – Catch the Correct Lead for a Stress-Free Alley Set Up Every Time

The degree of responsiveness we NEED at the gate is NOT conditional – it HAS to hold up in any and all circumstances, even (and especially) when energy and adrenaline is high. For some it’s not quite responsiveness that’s a problem, but the horse’s emotional stability. Ever catch yourself tip toeing around ever so subtly […]

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Balance the Responsibility/Responsiveness Ratio for More Efficiency on the Barrel Pattern

As barrel racers – we’re conditioned to believe that “practice makes perfect” and that “repetition” is how we and our horses learn. But I’m calling us out on that today. You see, doing the same thing over and over and over, like walking, then trotting and loping the pattern for say, three months to start […]

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Lessons from the Road: Three Steps to Embrace Challenges, Build Character and Create a Winning Edge

When it comes to achieving excellence in any area of life, it’s not a matter of IF we’ll face challenges, but WHEN. Contrary to what some of us may think (especially when we’re feeling discouraged), it’s not the actual challenges that hold us back, but how we handle them. Take Amberly Snyder for example. Did […]

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Three No-Brainer Components for Successful and Consistent Barrel Racing Under Pressure

I always say – there’s a lot more to barrel racing, than barrel racing! For this reason I feel as though the off season, OR any time we’re sidetracked from active competition (for example, when a horse gets injured – my situation not log ago) provides a good opportunity to dive into other areas of […]

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Go With the Flow – Microcurrent Therapy for Powerful Equine Healing, Comfort, Relief and Recovery

When my barrel horse gelding tore a collateral ligament late in 2012, one of my worst fears – that my best and most treasured equine partner would suffer a serious injury, had come true. After multiple Vet. visits, an MRI, and many long months, we eventually made it to the side of the recovery roller […]

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Conditioning for Quickness – Build Strength and Understanding to Unleash Your Barrel Horse’s Potential

You may have figured out by now that barrel racing isn’t quite as simple as it looks. Speed especially, will throw us (and our horses) for a loop if we’re not careful. Ensuring they’re adequately prepared to perform their best on the pattern starts with understanding the elements of SPEED (which I went into great […]

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