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STOP Enabling Your HOT Barrel Horse and START Empowering!

When it comes to barrel racing, it’s more often a matter of WHEN our horses will get HOT vs. IF.  Even with careful development and maintenance, it’s likely that at some point we’ll be challenged to have perfectly clear communication and emotional fitness from our horse when we need it most under high pressure circumstances. [...]

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Use More Leg and Less Hands for Higher Education & Higher Performance

For decades now horse trainers and clinicians, even barrel racers have been saying “use less hands and more leg” to guide horses. But how many of us, barrel racers especially, REALLY DO THIS? We may develop our horses to a level where we can ask for and receive beautiful lateral movements, or we may be [...]

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Don’t Go Bye-Bye! Crank the First Barrel Consistently

In barrel racing circles “rate” can be described as the transfer of weight to the hindquarters, which puts a horse in a more athletic position to round a barrel. With just the right amount of rate, combined with proper body shape on behalf of the horse and rider, as well as timing – a quick, [...]

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Create Soft, Round Movement for Sharp Turns and Fast Runs

If there’s one thing that barrel racers find themselves battling, it’s the tendency for our barrel horses to become tense, bracey, stiff, inverted and heavy on the front end.  Often their bodies become rigid, resistant and concave rather than softly round over the topline, with a gentle lateral arc that follows the shape of the [...]

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Help for a “Hot to Trot” Barrel Horse!

There’s something critically missing in the steps many barrel racers take to rehabilitate a “burnt out” barrel horse. Being that barrel racing is a sport that includes high pressure, high speed, and high stakes, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of these horses around. But barrel horses don’t HAVE to be crazy. Barrel horses [...]

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Don’t Get Strung Out! Three Exercises for Hind End Engagement

I very strongly believe that the problems that show up in a run are often problems that are showing up everywhere else, but they are just more subtle – so they go unnoticed. Typically a horse that loses engagement in the hind end, will be a horse that doesn’t exactly have a habit of traveling [...]

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Start and Finish Your Turns Tight & Right

Having an overly-analytical mind can be both a blessing and a curse. Just ask my husband – an overwhelming desire to constantly improve things (everything), can be exhausting! It means I’m always on the lookout for how things can be made better. It also means I have a keen eye for what’s wrong, which sometimes [...]

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Slow Down to Speed Up and Optimize Learning

Although my husband’s gelding Dot Com came to us already having a long list of achievements in the roping pen, his sensitive nature combined with the pressures of life as a high caliber performance horse had contributed to a way of feeling and moving that involved a lot of physical tension, high headedness, inverted posture, [...]

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