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How Pistol Got His Groove Back – (Re)Building Confidence and Focus in the Barrel Horse

As I’ve been riding my superstar gelding Pistol again this spring after a LONG year and a half of being sidelined due to an injury, I’ve noticed that he wasn’t the same horse I left off with. But things had started to change even before he got hurt. You see, a few years ago I […]

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Freedom to RUN – How to Prevent Perfectionism from Slowing You Down

It’s that time of year! A new barrel racing season is under way and “inner perfectionists” everywhere (who may have been laying low throughout the winter months) are rearing their ugly heads! No, it ain’t pretty. And when it happens, our riding sessions and our runs aren’t likely to be either. Unfortunately, the damaging effects...

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How to Plan Your Peak for a Winning Warm-Up and a Winning Run!

Have you ever been a little indecisive when it comes to exactly what you should do, and when, in your warm up? I used to be. When you’re getting ready to put all your hard work and effort on the line, it’s no fun to second-guess yourself. In fact, the only way to truly blast […]

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Teach Your Barrel Horse to Maintain Body Shape for Better (Faster) Barrel Racing

Although riding with bit contact and learning to do so well IS not only an important part of our development as riders/trainers, AND our performance horse’s education, unfortunately it’s all too common for our horse’s athletic abilities to be DEPENDENT on that contact. I had some first hand experience with this recently as I set...

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FREE Your Barrel Horse from Emotions that Hold Back Athletic Potential

They say when you take the bridle off your horse, you’re left with one thing – THE TRUTH. In the second of a three part “TRUTH” series, today I’m sharing some powerful lessons that came to me during the first few bridleless rides with my husband’s gelding Dot Com a while back. You may already […]

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How to Give Up Micromanaging and GAIN a Horse that LOVES Barrel Racing!

One of the biggest problems we face when it comes to micromanaging horses, is that we don’t often know we’re doing it. When that’s the case, we also don’t know that the reason we’re doing it is because our horse isn’t taking responsibility, and down the line even further – we may not realize that...

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In Search of SPEED – How to BE Explosive on the Barrel Pattern!

SPEED. We breed for it, we condition for it, we train for it, we feed for it, yet getting the most of it that we can out of our barrel horses remains on many levels – a mystery. Until now, that is. Today I’ll be sharing some interesting observations I have made about speed, and...

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101 Tips for Barrel Racers Dealing with Extreme Winter Weather

Have you been suffering from Acute Horse Related Bad Weather Depression? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, extreme weather and cold temperatures have resulted in some of the most extreme winter weather in history, causing thousands of barrel racers to be dramatically affected by this crippling disorder. Symptoms include irritability, lethargy, frost bite, overeating […]

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